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Learning to Say “No”
One of the most difficult things to do is to say “no” to others. We want to be positive and affirming. We want to be supportive. We also don’t want to be seen as difficult, or burn bridges because of it. But we also want to accomplish the work we have scheduled and planned around. Often it is the lack of planning on the part of others that creates an emergency requiring us to stop and take care of other matters. Therefore, we should judiciously turn down a request under the right circumstances. And what are some those circumstances for saying “no”?
In saying “no” consider the following suggestions:
Don’t just say “no”. Say “I’d love to do this, but…” or say “Let me think about how we can make that work and get back to you” or “I would like to say yes, but here are my challenges…”
When it comes to your own experience:
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