Sunday, January 29, 2006

Just Say No

Some people have difficulty saying no, so I've developed the following as a public service.

17 Ways to Say No

  1. No.
  2. I don’t do that.
  3. That doesn’t fit with our current program.
  4. I wouldn’t be comfortable with that.
  5. I’ve got to go with my intuition on this and it says, “No.”
  6. My team/boss/family would kill me if I did that.
  7. It’s not in our budget.
  8. I can’t fit it into my schedule.
  9. My religion won’t permit it.
  10. I’m already overcommitted.
  11. Let’s run that by Legal.
  12. Let’s have a focus group.
  13. My predecessor was fired for doing that.
  14. I was once fired for doing that.
  15. (The Gary Cooper Approach): Nope!
  16. (The Dennis Hopper Approach): There are two ways that’s going happen: No way and no how.
  17. (The Hollywood Approach): I love it, baby. It’s a winner!

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