As you all know, one of the things I struggle with A LOT is the fact that I'm not great at saying "no" (but I'm trying). Physioprof has an insightful perspective on how feeling like you can't say "no" is a load of crap. But when your department Chair is sitting in your office maybe you (like me) have a hard time executing the "no".
You are in luck! This webpage, "7 simple ways to say no", is like a cheat-sheet for us "yes-sayers"! Seriously, as soon as I found this I started imagining how things could have been different. I also realized that some of these strategies I had already implemented, naturally. For instance, number 6:
“I’m not the best person to help on this. Why don’t you try X?”
At first, I figured I was throwing X under the bus (it was turnabout, so I was OK w/ it). But maybe I have natural (awesome) tendencies for no-saying that I am not fully realizing?
I know that I, for one, will be practicing these phrases.
In case you are keeping score, I totally said "no" to 2 different requests this week. w00t!