Tag Archives: Make no sound like yes

  • Saying no to a project


    There are so many things that we COULD be doing with our time. I always say that time management is a political issue, meaning that putting our time where others want it to be can be a political choice (where does your boss want you to focus? where does your client want you to focus?). […]

  • What the death of data science means to you


    This post about the death of data science supports my long held belief that the softer skills (influence, negotiation, managing yourself, your ability to make no feel like yes, all the things i collect info about here) are your differentiator as a technical expert. Here’s some research indicating that those with soft skills, social skills, […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague


    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Hell Yeah! or no


    Since I’ve started collecting things about how to make a “no” sound more like a “yes” for this program, I’ve come across a treasure trove of reasons you sometimes need to say no. It’s against the conventional wisdom (of say yes to everything) and against basic improvisation lore (law?) – the answer is always yes. […]

  • Saying No is a power…


    “I think power is having the freedom to say no to something you don’t want to do. Feeling like you can say without any negative repercussions is an important kind of power” Tiny Fey *Hear Tiny Fey in full here (skip to 20:21). Find out about my Make a No Sound like a Yes Program. Click here.

  • You gotta say no sometimes!


    We all must say “NO” to our clients sometimes. But how we say it, and why we choose to do so should be something we have determined in advanced. Strategy in Business talks about How to Say no when it really counts (I don’t think it goes far enough or gets practical enough on the how-to). […]

  • Saying no is the hardest lesson


    Was talking to a client about my Make No Sound like Yes program today. Initially, when I tell people about this program they say “But you shouldn’t say no”. With a little delving we discover they should be saying no, but they aren’t. Instead they say yes, and find themselves regretting it. Because no one […]

  • The Consultant who always said “yes”


    Whenever I working with smart consultants in my “Make NO sound like YES” program, there are always a few consultants in the room who say they don’t ever say no. They are proud of this fact. And it’s a good attitude to have. Saying yes all the time works if you have unlimited time, your client is […]

  • Don’t call me Big Nose


    “Don’t call my wife Big Nose!” Monty Python, Life of Brian How many times today have you had to say no? Or how many times SHOULD you have said no (but didn’t). Felicity is an internal consultant for a pharmaceutical company. At the beginning of every financial year, she is charged with making sure every […]

  • When you have to say no!


    Saying no isn’t a comfortable experience for you. Or for your clients, colleagues or kids. They don’t want to hear it. You don’t want to say it. Read Seth Godin on when you have to say no. And we know there are so many reasons to say no. So you need to know how to make No […]