Saturday, November 01, 2008

Enhance Your Verbal Judo

Shira showed me to this useful article: Ten guilt free ways to say no. It does just what it promises - gives you a way to say no, without hurting the asker.

Here's an example:

1. Request: A friend in need asks for a Trump-worthy loan.

What you should say: "I wish I could, but as a rule, I don't lend money to friends."

Why it works: It's clear that you are not singling out this person as untrustworthy.

Oh, and for the record, Shira's never had a problem saying no to me before.

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