LIF 014 – 3 Ways to Say No Without Burning Bridges or Feeling Guilty

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Saying NO graciously is a hard skill to develop, especially if you enjoy helping people. Who wants to feel guilty or be considered rude? However, when you say YES to everything, reality is you eventually say NO to something more important. Have you ever thought about it this way?

Since forward is the direction of success, if you want to be successful in life and business, you have to learn the Power of No. You have to learn how to say NO to decisions that will cause you to stand still or move backwards, and YES to decisions that will help you live it forward. This does not mean you have to say NO to everything that is not 100 percent mission critical, but you will have to learn how to say NO when saying YES is strategically unwise.

In Episode 014 of The Live It Forward Show, Kent Julian talks about the Power of No and shares three ways to say NO nicely without burning bridges or feeling guilty.

Show Notes

1. Welcome to the show.

2. How to book paid speaking engagements—Speak It Forward Boot Camp.

3. Success Tip: “A NO uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a YES merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” —Gandhi

  • No Complexity
  • No Overcommitment
  • No Excuses or Over-Explaining
  • No Lies
  • No Second Guessing
  • No Guilt

4. Three ways to say NO without burning bridges or feeling guilty.

  • Strategy #1: Just Say NO
  • Strategy #2: Just Say MAYBE
  • Strategy #3: Just Say YES, BUT…


  • Be polite, but firm.
  • If you tell people you will think about it and get back with them, take responsibility and get back with them.
  • If someone wants an explanation, you do not have to give a dissertation.

6. Take Action: What strategies have helped you learn to say NO without burning bridges or feeling guilty? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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