No is a complete sentence | Lessons from Coaching | PUSH the Envelope™
a couple of years ago
No is a complete sentence and requires no explanation or rationalization.

No is Enough

How often do you answer "no" and then feel compelled to say more to explain yourself?

Let me remind you: No is a complete sentence. No explanation or justification is needed. If you mean no, just say it and stop.

Women seem to be more impacted than men on this one. We tend to say more than "no" to get people to understand our position. It's as if when we don't offer explanation we'll be thought less of.

That may be true for some people, but think about it: If somebody is going to think less of you because you simply answer no and say nothing else is that somebody you want to be spending time with?

Coaching Lesson:

"No" means "No". Say it. Mean it. Move on. 

If somebody needs more than that, bite your tongue. Then decide if you want to say any more. 

You're under no obligation to provide anything more than a "no" answer when that's what you mean.

There's so much more you can do to strengthen your communication.

Just remember, NO is a complete sentence.

Laura Hess

Laura is a passionate advocate for women in business. She's worked with thousands of women to grow themselves and their businesses. She is a published author and has co-authored 2 Consumer's Guides - one for Coaching and one for Mastermind Groups (both available on this site at no cost). The foundation of her work is rooting in the belief that, with the right tools and support, women can be and do anything. Laura is a partner at PUSH the Envelope™ Masterminds and Coaching, founded in 1994.

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