How to Say ‘No’ to Stubborn People

Just as I was completing a series on time management, I received a call from a client, complaining that she didn’t have enough time to work on an assignment crucial to her financial goals.

She was having trouble refusing  her pastor’s requests to do increasing amounts of volunteer work.  I support community and religious service, but sometimes, when it consistently interferes with your ability to complete activities related to your goals, you have to say, “no.”

Upon hearing this, my client responded, “I just can’t. I don’t know how to say ‘no’ to him…  It’s like he doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”  If you’re having similar problems, I offer you the following tutorial.

Ready?   Place your upper and lower teeth together, push your tongue against your teeth and bear down like you’re constipated “nnnnnnnnnnnn”.   Then open your mouth,  round your lips, and squeeze in your abdomen as you make an “o” sound.  Here we go: “nnnnnnnn-oh”.  That’s it.  Additional  words  are unnecessary.  “No.” is a full sentence.

More time management tips are coming soon.   Enjoy your D.R.E.A.M. time !

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