Magazine article Work & Family Life

Getting to 'No' in 3 Situations

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Getting to 'No' in 3 Situations

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Situation 1 "I'm going away next week. I know you love dogs. Will you take Jasper for the week?" a friend asks. "You'll have fun with him."

What's going on here Yes, you do love dogs, but Jasper is big and strong, and he can become aggressive with other dogs. You are not sure that you can control him.

Response "As much as I'd like to help out, I don't think I can handle Jasper. Let's think about someone else who can take him."

Alert Whatever the situation, it's hard to argue with honesty about your feelings and concerns as a reason for saying no.

Situation 2 "We're holding a garage sale in two weeks. Will you help me set it up and keep me company?"

What's going on here You are wanted-and needed-for your ability to organize. Your friend will want you at her house days in advance to help her sort, price, set up tables and tell her what to do by way of advertisng. You'll be enlisted to post signs. Her event could take days of your time.

Response "I have all day Friday to get you ready, but I can't be there on sale day. …

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