Since Last We Spoke: The “No” Edition

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 8.08.55 AM I’m pretty bad at saying no in my professional life, but I’m getting better. Many of the people I love in this world are also pretty bad about saying no, so this post is as much for them as it is for me. Saying no can be scary, especially when you’re on your own, but I have learned that it’s amazingly empowering, too. So if you are challenged by the notion of saying no, here is a special edition of Since We Last Spoke–because “No” is a complete sentence, and we probably should utter it a whole lot more.

7 Simple Ways To Say “No” (Zen Habits)

Creative People Say No (Medium)

Nine Practices to Help You Say No Without Feeling Like a Jerk (Lifehacker)

8 Essential Strategies to Saying “No” (Freelance Switch)

But mostly, it’s this (apologies, but there was no way to embed this very brief video)



  1. November 30, -0001 | 12:00 am

    jacqui callari

    I am learing that one too sister, thank you for the links and I will take the “more createive way”…jacqui

  2. November 30, -0001 | 12:00 am

    Jennifer Pierce-Weeks

    I love this post series being someone who has always been challenged to say “no” in my work life. So much with regard to success is built around saying “yes.” While there are dozens of folks challenged to say “no” when their plates are full to overflowing, there is the other end of the spectrum as well. The folks who can be counted on to say “no”, these folks are just as puzzling, particularly when they talk about having difficulty breaking into forensic nursing. Like everything in life, there is a balance in the middle we should be attempting to achieve. Here’s hoping the next few months brings more balance. JPW

  3. November 30, -0001 | 12:00 am

    Kim Day

    Did you write this for me? I have used this list and made myself a sheet which I am going to laminate and maybe even tattoo on my forearm!

  4. November 30, -0001 | 12:00 am

    Barbra Bachmeier

    Jenifer et al,

    I echo your comments Kim, I wish I was better at saying “no”. I really suck at it.

    I just wish I felt comfortable saying it. I get a queezy feeling in my stomach when I say “no”, ‘like I as sinning or something.’


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