Not No, HELL No

Posted by admin on May 28, 2008 in Business |

My new resolution is, when I am not interested in doing something for or with someone, to tell the person “no” up front and as soon as possible instead of waffling and “going with the flow” in order to avoid ruffling feathers or hurt feelings.  I recently had a simple business deal go very wrong because I never should’ve engaged in the first place.  Should’ve said, “No, thanks” from the outset.

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Stuff I trip over » Etiquette
Jun 5, 2008 at 8:36 am

[…] a meeting invitation, you would think that would elicit some sort of response, even if it is “Not no, HELL no.“  What do I get a lot of the time instead?  Crickets.  I mean, come on, do my emails smell […]

Why I'm Not in Sales
Jul 12, 2008 at 9:12 am

Absolutely! Anyone who might hold a grudge because you won’t “help” or “do business” with them isn’t going to like you any more when things “go very wrong”. Better to be straightforward with them upfront and offer what you can do for them.



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