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I'm all about #creativity, #purpose, and doing more of the work you love. I love stories and seek them out everywhere. When not working, I read a lot about behavioral psychology, putting ideas in motion, and places to visit before you croak. :)
Politely. I give alternatives.
As a florists once told me, "Somebody who cannot say no – is unable to stick to a yes." /photo
It's rarely a "no". It's usually more like, "Come back to me with sufficient ROI so I can say Yes to this and No to one of our other commitments."
Developing, curating, and managing digital media. Working with photographer/designer Stuart Window and filmmaker Francesco Dragone over at Stray Creatives. We laugh a lot. You should too.
Like weather predictions, my choice to say 'no' depend on current conditions & context. Like a weather forecaster, I generally say no firmly as if I am sure 'no' is the right answer. If conditions change, however, I can always change my mind.
A native of Costa Rica who attended a German School, lived 4 years in Rome (Italy) and 8 years in London (UK). Passionate historian and bookworm, my interests range from the geeky (comics, video games) to the intellectual (origami, philosophy).
The best way to say it is honestly and direct (face to face). At the same time, it depends on the context, and there has to be a good understanding of the consequences. Saying "no" for the sake of it is not enough
Do you really need to say no? If you have the right questions then actually the no doesn't happen. How urgent is this? When does it need to be done by? Who else have you asked? What have you tried so far? Can I recommend So and so they do this? No no!
User Experience designer, SEO professional, web developer and father of twins.
I think it's important to be as explicit about reasoning as possible so it doesn't just seem like you're being a jerk. Give the full story of why it's not possible (within reason). Unless it's a telemarketer...
Team of Somewhere. Only invests in creativity and communities. Moving to London soon. Cheers!
This is my biggest problem! I can't say no, especially when the person who's asking has helped me before and asks nicely. But in the end, I am harming myself and them, so I need to pick up a strategy from this thread.
Currently based in Shanghai, looking to move somewhere else. Let's do this.
It's important to have boundaries, otherwise you'll never have any time for yourself. You need to know where your personal life begins, so that you're confident in your right to assert yourself when the time comes.
I'm a Toronto based freelance writer/ blogger, that specializes in writing web and blog content for companies and online news outlets. Currently, I'm working towards an Editing Certification part-time at George Brown College.
Because of my life experiences as a writer, I have a lot of frustrating stories about the iffy ways people have said no.That taught me to be upfront and polite with people, give them constructive feedback, and never assume silence=no
Right now I'm creating user-friendly illustrations that make the mundane spectacular and complex simple for world-wide brands and services, or as I like to say: "Greasing the wheels of commerce with illustration..."
It took a while to learn to say no, and at the same time I've also learned to offer alternate solutions that could lead to a new path favorable for us both!
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