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The Book of NO by Susan Newman, Ph.D.

Transform How You Think About Requests… and Yourself

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The Book of NoDo you say “yes” when you really mean, want, and need to say “no”?

  • Do you spend so much time keeping your boss, your friends, parents, spouse or children happy that you have little time or energy for yourself?
  • Are you overwhelmed, overscheduled, and exhausted by obligations and commitments you couldn’t refuse?
  • With The Book of No you quickly gain control of your life by learning how to say “no” and sticking to it—without feeling guilty and without hurting or offending. The Power of NO is limitless. In no time, you’ll stop being an indiscriminate yes-person because you will have:
    • The right words—250 scripts—to get you out of any sticky situation
    • Tools to recognize when someone, including pushy salespeople, is manipulating or conning you into saying “yes” and how to stop it from happening again
    • Surefire steps to prevent being pressured by friends and overcommitted socially
    • Strategies to free you from being the office go-to person and overburdened
    • Tips for staying in the family’s good graces and still turn them down
    • 16-point NO Credo—crucial reminders of your rights to say no and the know-how to make them work for you.

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Praise for The Book of NO

"It's been said that "What we can't communicate controls our life." If that's true, then this book will free you. It is one of the most liberating, empowering and practical topics I've seen addressed in a decade. And Susan Newman does a masterful job bringing it home."
Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling co-author of Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations and Bad Behavior

"We all do it, way too often. We say "yes" when we really want to say "no" when asked to do something. A new book offers some sensible tips to help us reclaim our lives. The Book of No: 250 Ways to Say It and Mean It is a bright and easy read by American psychologist Susan Newman. It offers up a wide range of common scenarios with appropriate responses that will enable us to gracefully avoid situations that don't appeal...I urge everyone to read this book..."
--Sally Johnston, EDMONTON SUN

"The skill of saying 'No' is essential for a life of freedom and dignity. Dr. Newman's book, through a series of carefully analyzed examples, teaches that skill."
Herbert Fensterheim, Ph.D., co-author of Don't Say Yes When You Want to Say No

"Dr. Newman walks the reader through five basic steps and explains your "rights" around saying no. More importantly, she provides scenarios for 250 situations you are likely to encounter with friends, family or at work. Each poses an issue, suggests what's really going on, offers a response and provides an "alert" or analysis of the situation. The techniques are fun, interesting to read and will help you to stand your ground without feeling guilty."
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