I hate to say no. I really hate it when someone asks me for something and I have to say no to them. I try not to say no, but the reality is that I can’t do everything for everyone. I have limited time. I have to focus on things that pay the bills.
A number of years ago I read some great advice about how to avoid saying no and how to say yes to everything.
When someone asks you for something give them a next step. Simple. Ask them to do something first.
Want me to check out your Facebook Page? Read these 3 articles and let me know how you can use the advice. Then I’ll take a look.
Want to “pick my brain”? Awesome… Review this report on social media and start ups and let me know what you think are your top 3 opportunities.
Want help getting a job? Great! Review my LinkedIn contacts and let me know 5 – 10 that would be helpful for me to introduce you to.
Instead of saying no say YES. Every time.
But give them something to do first.
This allows you to never say no but to filter out requests that will waste your time.
Most people won’t complete the follow-up. If they aren’t willing to invest their time why should you invest yours?