Lessons for Leaders: Easy Ways to Say No

Feb 24, 2022 | Podcasts, Lessons for Leaders

This week on the podcast I’m sharing a topic that I often talk about in my boundaries workshop and within my manager and leadership coaching sessions. Listen in where I share my tips on easy ways to say no. I’ll be talking about:

  • Say no and establish healthy boundaries
  • How to handle the fear, stress, worry and guilt
  • The surprising reason that saying no is good for you
  • Key phrases that you can begin to use to get you started
  • Why it’s not always about you
  • Suggestions to think about helping you with easy ways to say no

Listen to Easy Ways to Say No on the Podcast

Easy Ways to Say No

Do you find it difficult to say no to people?  Perhaps it means you end up being busy, stressed, over-committed?  Often when we struggle to say no to people it can leave us feeling used, put up-on, juggling too many things.  Are you the one who ends up working late because you’ve said yes to others, yet you’re the one with more to do?

Do you find it difficult to say no to people?  Perhaps it means you end up being busy, stressed, over-committed?  Often when we struggle to say no to people it can leave us feeling used, put up-on, juggling too many things.  Are you the one who ends up working late because you’ve said yes to others, yet you’re the one with more to do?

Are you saying yes, instead of no because you’re a people pleaser or because you end up feel guilty?

It’s important to find easy ways to say no so that you feel empowered, while still maintaining your relationships with others. Having easy ways to say no helps you establish healthy boundaries and enables others to have clarity about what they can expect from you.

Listen for my easy ways to say no even when handling fear, stress, worry and guilt.

Being able to have easy ways to say no may enable you to be more honest and authentic with others. You may be less likely to feel taken advantage of.

How can you develop easy ways to say no?

I explain in the podcast how you can say no with:

Being concise

Avoid waffling

Keep replies simple

A particularly helpful strategy that I often talk about in my coaching and workshops is to have a set phrase or two, so that you have ‘go to’ responses that can be used with easy and avoid the worry, stress and anxiety of what to say.

A quick message about people who push back

Listen where I share my thoughts on the people who back when we say no and set boundaries. Often these are the ones who need us to set boundaries the most, so developing easy ways to say no to those people is the most important thing you can do.

I hope it’s helpful for giving you suggestions and easy ways to say no. This might take practice.  But it will get easier and you’ll feel so much more confident too.  Confidence of anything comes with practice.

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Emma Langton

Emma Langton

Executive Leadership Coach

Emma hosts the Lessons for Leaders podcast. Each week she brings you lessons, learnings, tips and advice to enable you to lead with ease in business, without stress, doubt and overwhelm so that I help you to increase your performance, be resilient and thrive in life. Emma has been providing coaching, training and therapeutic support for executives since setting up her business in 2011. Prior to that she spent over 20 years with people at the top of national and multi-national training and communication businesses.

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