No! No thanks. No thank you. Nope. Ummm…. I don’t think so. You’ll have to ask someone else. I’m not the one who can sign off on this project.
There are as many ways to say no as there are people who say it.
Saying no, as I’ve told a friend, is a way to say yes to something else. And I do believe it.
They may seem like empty words when you’re on the receiving end of no though. So how do you slay the dragon of objection?
- First off, do your homework. Ask yourself: is this the right direction, right person, right area, right pursuit? Qualifying all of these aspects FIRST is important in using your time wisely.
- Next, do some active qualification. Talk to friends and connections about what they know, who they know, how they can help you figure out the potential landscape you’re considering entering.
- Then decide. Yea or nay. Go with what will bear fruit, what will bring enjoyment to all concerned, what adds value to the world around us. If it isn’t clear, then it’s a no. If it excites you and you can’t wait, go for it.
- Finally, dig in since you’ve done your research and qualifying. And if it isn’t going well, smoothly, with minimal adaptation, then it’s time to rethink it.
The Dragon hungrily awaits you. Make sure to do what you need to do in advance to avoid the dragon all together. Let her go elsewhere for her meal. Set yourself up to eat.