Are you, like me, one of those people who find it difficult to say ‘no’ to requests or interruptions?

I look at my to-do list and all the things I have said ‘yes’ to. Hmmm…

It took me a while to realise that when I say ‘yes’ to something I don’t have time for, I am actually saying ‘no’ to something else that I really do need to do.

Therefore, I will always be saying ‘no’ to some things. It is inevitable.

The trick is being more selective on what I say ‘no’ to based on the consequences, both short and longer term.

Here are nine tips to help you say ‘no’ when you need to.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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