Just Say NO!

Reblogger Lenn Harley
Real Estate Agent with Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate 303829;0225082372

SAYING "NO" is easy. 

The hard part is when the party asking doesn't accept your "NO" and continues to go on selling.

I'm never rude.  So, rather than argue or repeat "NO" "NO". 

I simply lay the phone receiver on the floor and go on about my business.  With few exceptions, I never hear from them again.

Wonder why??


Original content by Jeff Dowler, CRS CA DRE #01490977

Just Say NO!


Sometimes, you need to say no.


My NO ButtonIt’s not something I’m particularly good at.


I don’t really have an issue when it has to do with my business, especially when there are requests for things I cannot provide or feel are inappropriate. There’s a nice way to say no.


Sometimes the answer may be “not yet” rather than no. Or “not right now”.


But there are times when I know I should say no but don’t. It gets me in trouble with overextending myself, helping out when I really don’t have the time, or taking on more than I can realistically handle, even when it is something I really would like to do.


Not saying no also gets in the way of accomplishing time-sensitive tasks, or getting me distracted by superfluous things.


I have a small label taped to my laptop to help keep this perspective. It says, simply, “Just Say No!” It’s a nice reminder when I find myself getting distracted by the phone, email, or other tasks I might prefer to do but which interfere with things I need to get done.


It’s also helpful when I am on the phone and need that reminder that I should “just say NO.” I do it nicely, of course.


And sometimes, an artificial aid is useful.


A very good friend gave this NO button to me for my birthday. It sits on my desk next to my laptop in my office. I play it now and then for fun. But it’s a great reminder just seeing it there. Especially when I find myself saying when I should say no.


Go on. Click. You know you want to. No?! I don’t believe you.





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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Lenn,

We all have to learn this word and use it when needed! I have a button that says "That was Easy!" I press it after I have said "No" to reinforce my action!

Nov 28, 2013 08:45 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Lenn, Lenn, Lenn!  You made me laugh out loud this morning.  I love how you handle the situation when someone continues after you say "No".....Priceless!  One more thing I may have to steal from you.  I'd have said "borrow", but I have no intentions of returning it.....that's a keeper.

Nov 28, 2013 09:19 PM #2
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

I need me one of those clickers lol :)!  I have a hard time saying NO myself lol :)!!

Nov 28, 2013 10:38 PM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The picture of your phone laying on the floor made me laugh....we can all relate to that!

Nov 29, 2013 01:45 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Sharon.  I believe that it gets me off some lists too.

Brends.  No trouble saying NO here.  They just don't always listen.

Roger.  My gift to you.

Dorie.  Positive reinforcement.  I love it.

Nov 29, 2013 03:43 AM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You've given me so many wonderful gifts that I truly appreciate Lenn.  Thank you!

Nov 29, 2013 12:02 PM #6
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

Lenn, I just hope I don't end up "on the floor" if I call.

Nov 30, 2013 01:42 PM #7
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