How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty [Podcast S06E04]

8 Strategies for Creating More Margin

Welcome to Season 6, Episode # of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to say no without feeling guilty.

If you’re a recovering people pleaser like me, you don’t want to miss this episode. In fact, you can’t afford to miss it. Nothing will eat up your margin and reduce your impact like saying yes too often. But today we’re discussing eight ways you can turn that around.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The two key reasons we find it hard to say no.
  • Why it’s impossible to be available to everyone—and who loses when we try.
  • One shortcut that can radically simplify our responses to common requests.
  • The different ways of employing technology and people to help others while still guarding our margin.
  • Why our fears of saying no are largely unfounded.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What would be possible for you this week if you felt free to say *no* more often?

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About Us

Michael Hyatt is the author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Recognized by magazines like Forbes and Inc as an important online marketing and leadership expert, he’s also the founder of Platform University and 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Read more about him here.

Michele Cushatt is a popular speaker and author. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog. She’s a three-time cancer survivor with a powerful, personal story. Listen to it here or read about it in her memoir, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Imperfect Life.

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