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March 15, 2022

Why and How to Say “No”, Episode #141, 03-15-22

Why and How to Say “No”, Episode #141, 03-15-22

Were you raised to believe that saying “no” was impolite? Do you say “yes” to please the person asking before carefully considering your own needs and boundaries?

Saying “no” can feel rude and difficult -- but there are advantages to saying it, and Kelly and Maria share the why, what and how of saying “no” without guilt.  

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Episode Topics and Mentions

Steve Mellor




Clemson University


Social media

Genius Zone

Cejih Young

CG Sports Network

Reasons to Say No

  • Sets boundaries
  • Relieves stress
  • Shows respect to others
  • Relieves you of commitments when you don’t have the time
  • Prevents you from doing things that are a not a fit or in alignment with your goals

Ways to Say No

  • Use a “no” sandwich that expresses appreciation to the person asking
  • Just say “no” -- end of story
  • Let the person know that it is not a “no” always -- it’s a “no” for now
  • “Ghost” the person or situation if it is the only way you can show a strong “no”
  • Pause first and say that you will think about it



  1. We don’t need to respond to every single incoming contact that we receive. Sometimes ghosting is better than a “no” if you really need to do it.


  1. Before getting caught up in online networking, think about the people you really hope to hear from or want to respond to and prioritize those communications.

Quote of the Week

“It’s only by saying ‘no’ that you can concentrate on the things that really matter.” -- Steve Jobs

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