A new book discusses the power and importance and saying “no,” relying on the latest science to teach readers how to do it.
Saying “no” can be one of the most challenging aspects of life. Work, family, friends, and life demand alot, and the ability to say no is not always on the table. We are expected to say “yes” to every request, email, event, and invitation sent. However, there is a way to say “no” that gives people more power and freedom. It is possible to sometimes say “no” to a boss or a loved one, but it matters how you say it.
Dr. Vanessa Patrick is a marketing professor at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. She studies personal mastery and excellence in the marketing and management world. Her new book The Power Of Saying No: The New Science Of How To Say No That Puts You In Charge of Your Life explores the challenging question of how to say “no,” drawing upon recent science to help readers understand how to do it.
She introduces a concept called “empowered refusal,” which works as a framework for readers to gain greater control of their life by learning to say “no” through conflict resolution, creating boundaries, and communication. Saying “no” does not require receiving pushback from other people. Readers need the tools to effectively use energy and communication skills to empower themselves to know when to say no and how.
A Short Excerpt From the Book
“Despite this plethora of advice bout the need to say no, there is no systematic and proven way that demonstrates how to say no in a way that maintains your relationships, secures your reputation, and does not invite pushback from the asker. This is where my book comes in. In this book, I will draw on research (my own and that conducted by others) to provide you with the toolkit of competencies you will need to say no in a way that works. You will be equipped with the ability to decide what to say no to and with the super skill of how to communicate that no from a place of empowerment,” says Dr. Patrick.