When you face a new opportunity for your business, how do you decide what to say? Our Saying No series will help you get clear on when and how to say yes, no, or not now to opportunities.
We Asked, You Said
We asked entrepreneurs why saying no is so hard! Here's what ya'll had to say:
- Trying to please others
- The person asking has no one else to turn to
- Don’t want to upset my client or friend
- Don't want to hurt people's feelings
- Feeling obligated
- Fear of loss
- Fear of rejection or judgment
- Wanting to belong
- Wanting to be a cool boss
- I care about my relationships
- Blind trust
- People expect me to say yes
- Eagerness to help
- It makes me feel good
- Avoiding confrontation
- I can do it—and do it well!
- I don't want to rock the boat
- FOMO: Fear Of Missing Opportunities
- Fear of losing business
- Fear of strengthening competition
- Fear of the unknown
- Ignorance: I don't complete due diligence beforehand
- The focus for the business is still unclear
- Decision Guide: Don't know whether to say yes, not, or not now to an opportunity? Read "Priorities First: When to Say No," then download this infographic. Designed to help you make the best decision for you and your business, this guide is great for people who prefer simple, visual resources.
- How to Say ‘No’ or ‘Not Now’ Guide: Just because you know that you need to say no or not now to an opportunity, doesn't mean the words come easily. You may be worried about how the other person will feel about your response or may still be learning how to say no in a way that builds relationships. Either way, this guide provides examples that you can modify or use as inspiration to get started. Want extra support? Check out our blog post "How to Say ‘No’ or ‘Not Now’ While Building Relationships"!
- Clarifying the Request: Need a little help clarifying exactly what someone is asking you to say 'Yes' to? Use this checklist to get started.
Want us to lead a session on Saying No for your organization? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.