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'How to Say no without feeling guilty teaches practical skills for embracing what's important and getting rid of what is keeping us from living the lives we want to live. It's a book to consult over and over again. I highly recommend it' John Gray By learning to say no without feeling guilty, you will find time you never dreamed you had. Even more important, you will learn to say yes to all those things that you hold most dear to your heart. Your life will become yours again. As you learn to say no, you become more available, compassionate, effective, energetic and generous to the people, organisations and causes dear to you. With the authors' help you will be able to identify what is truly important in your life and realise that vision. Whether your dream is to write a great novel, have more leisure time, or travel the world, both your life and the world around you will be better off because you have learned to say no.How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty devotes a chapter each to saying no: --at work;--to kids, family and friends;--to invitations, dates and romantic entanglements;--to requests for money whether from friends or charities;--to high maintenance people;as well as a chapter on all-purpose no's, difficult no's with extra bite, and excuses.
Featuring an extremely promotable high concept, this effort to combine assertiveness training with the aims of the simplicity movement results in an occasionally useful, if unoriginal, self-help book. By saying "no"--with skill and sensitivity--to draining, unsatisfying activities, literary agent and public speaker Breitman and writer Hatch argue, readers will have time and energy for more important ones. After covering the principles behind graceful refusals (e.g., act from generosity; saying less is more), much of the book is devoted to scripts for dealing with a variety of sticky situations--from requests for loans to handling freeloaders, high-maintenance acquaintances, service and professional help--and preventive strategies, some of which are helpful while others could easily come off as insincere. A section on handling unreasonable work demands, such as overtime and extra assignments, does not seem especially realistic, although there is some thoughtful advice on delicate issues such as critiquing performance, dealing with requests for raises and turning down job applicants. Advice on following one's bliss and self-employment seem misplaced here, while suggestions about how to say no to spouses and children are adequate. Readers who want a thorough grounding in assertiveness techniques would benefit more from classics like When I Say No, I Feel Guilty, instead of this hodgepodge of excuses.$40,000 ad/promo.