Practice Saying No to Requests for Your Time

Posted by @audreylaine, Fri, Apr 12 7:34am

Most people have far more work than they can possibly get to. That’s why it’s so important to say no to things that aren’t a great use of your time. But turning people down can be uncomfortable. To get better at it, practice saying no politely and gracefully.

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Excellent suggestions for saying NO even for health care advocates. It seems like the more your voice is heard the more meetings and presentations and groups you are asked to participate in.

Harvard Business Review is a great source of information for ideas! My default answer to requests is generally “no” unless it specifically relates to my written mission statement or unless it warrants me rewriting my mission statement. Even then, it will need to be of sufficient importance to drop or postpone projects I’ve already committed to.

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