Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ways to Say No

  1. No.
  2. I don't do that sort of thing.
  3. That's not my area of expertise and so I stay away from it.
  4. I promised myself years ago never to do that.
  5. There's a powerful personal reason for me not to do that.
  6. I promised my sainted mother that I'd never do that.
  7. I think that's a really bad move and so I'm not going near it.
  8. My instinct says no and every time I don't listen to those warnings, I regret it.
  9. I've thought it over and have reached a firm decision to say no.
  10. It's not right for me.
  11. Via Gavin de Becker: No is a complete sentence.
  12. Via Dennis Hopper in "Waterworld": There are two ways that's gonna happen: no way and no how.

4 Comments:

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Eclecticity said...

Another for the book. Yes.

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Cromagnum said...

"Neine, Verstehen sie!" has that authoritative feel. With an accompanied glare.

If only people would say what they mean, instead of sugar coating it so much.

 
At 5:27 PM, OpenID 6p00d8341c500653ef said...

Michael,

This is useful to a lot of readers. Every time I do a post about the importance of "No", the comment section lights up with "How do I go about doing that?"

Thanks for this one.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

Thanks for your comments.

Someone once said that learning to say no will be more important to one's education than being able to read Latin.

 

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