How to Say No to anything or anyone?
No. Nope. Nah. See how simple it is to say one little word.
In Toastmaster, my 4th speech is about how to say it. For this speech, I have decided to talk about how to say no to anyone?
Isn’t hard to say no to someone? How difficult is it to spend rest of our life feeling regret by thinking why I said Yes?
- Say no. The word “no” has power. Don’t be afraid to use it. Be careful about using wimpy substitute phrases, such as “I’m not sure” or “I don’t think I can.” These can be interpreted to mean that you might say yes later.
- Be brief. State your reason for refusing the request, but don’t go on about it. Avoid elaborate justifications or explanations.
- Be honest. Don’t fabricate reasons to get out of an obligation. The truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, family member or co-worker.
- Be respectful. Many good causes land at your door, and it can be tough to turn them down. Complimenting the group’s effort while saying that you can’t commit shows that you respect what they’re trying to accomplish.
- Be ready to repeat. You may need to refuse a request several times before the other person accepts your response. When that happens, just hit the replay button. Calmly repeat your no, with or without your original rationale, as needed.
Saying no won’t be easy if you’re used to saying yes all the time. But learning to say no is an important part of simplifying your life and managing your stress.
You should get the right people into the bus (& get the wrong people off the bus). When things are not going on well, we should face the brutal facts and take bold actions by saying no.
“You don’t have to be great to start… but you’ve to start to be great”
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.”
— Warren Buffett