If you are a yes-yes career woman, then it means that moving up the success-ladder with big bucks and swift promotions in your kitty will be easy. However, earning for a living and not living for earning are entirely different things. Whatever be the circumstances, somewhere in the middle of your accelerated career, you need to learn to say No but ensuring at the same time that you aren’t self-destructing your career.
Here are some simple ways to say No:
- When you are in the middle of your work, simply letting the person know about your preoccupations and presenting your desire to help sometime later will not let the person feel blown off.
- It is important to give your own work the first priority when you are being sought for some help. Even sharing what keeps you busy at the moment can help you put your point forward lucidly.
- Rather than saying a straight No, you can probably request for some more time to be able to think about the issue at hand till you come up with some innovative idea about the problem about which a solution is being sought.
- Give an honest suggestion to the person if you think that you don’t have the required expertise and resources to help in the matter. You can make it a point to offer another contact to the person so that he/she doesn’t find himself/herself in a dead end.
The choice whether to say no or yes to help someone depends on your own needs and requirements. Are you willing to take the bold step?