Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday is Thanksgiving and I’m planning on spending a low-key few days with my family. I thought I’d post a Thanksgiving chuckle for you today, just for fun.

 

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. It wasn’t long before John discovered that the bird had a very bad habit. Every word out of it’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.

 

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

 

Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my foul language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”

 

John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude.

 

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, “May I ask what the turkey did?”

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

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Why Saying “NO” Supports You And The Person Making The Request

yes-no-womanI got an e-mail from my friend and client last month. Here’s what she said:

“I have a horrible time saying no to people when they ask something of me. This year, you have inspired and empowered me to say no! I have a friend who owns a coffee shop and she is going out of town. She and her husband on 2 separate occasions have asked me to cover the shop for them. I told them, thanks for thinking of me, I will have to check my schedule and get back to them. I confirmed my gut reaction of no by checking my priorities and goals and I then told them no! In the past not only have I said yes but then they conveniently forgot to pay me or even say thank you, so I know this is the correct path for me! Thank you for all that you do for not only me but the thousands of others out there.”

 

I wanted to share this with you for two reasons. First, because we’re heading into the holiday season (which also just happens to fall smack dab in the middle of your busiest season as a direct seller) and you’ll probably be getting lots of requests over the next month and a half or so.

 

Second, because my experience in working with thousands of women direct sellers over the past 15 years is that all of us (and I include myself in that) sometimes have a difficult time saying no. Often times that leads us to say yes when we shouldn’t, we regret it, and worse, resent the person who asked when we find the harmony in our life suffering because of the commitment. That’s really not fair to the person to whom you said yes. Now you’re probably blaming them for something you got yourself into when, in reality, it would have been better to have just said no right up front so they could find someone who truly felt good about taking on the task.

 

That being said, I have a list of questions I run a request through before I say yes to it and I thought I’d share it with you. The key to using this effectively is to make sure you don’t say yes right away. Tell the person making the request that you’ll need to check your schedule and get back to them. Then use these questions to determine if saying yes is in everyone’s best interest.

  1. Will taking on this request upset the harmony in my life, business, and family?
  2. If so, is it important enough for me to CHOOSE to do that?
  3. Can I say yes and really feel good about taking on this task?
  4. What EXACTLY will it cost me if I say yes to this request? (Think in terms of time, resources, stress, etc.)

If I answer yes to the first question and no to either of the second two questions, I tell the person requesting my help that I have to decline because I can’t commit myself or my time to do the job they deserve for the task. Question number 4 is really important (and be SPECIFIC), because when you answer it you may realize that, even if you answered yes to the other questions, the cost is just too great.

 

So, to review, NEVER say yes up front, run the request through those 4 questions, and then get back to the person in a timely manner with a well thought out, appropriate response that keeps everyone’s best interest at heart.

 

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5 Great Posts You May Have Missed On This Blog

JAJ - New HeadshotI’ve been writing this blog for almost 6 years now (which is hard for me to believe)! I’m quite sure there are a lot of you who are newer readers to this blog and have missed a lot of the gold that I’ve written along the way. So I decided to put together a post that has a few of the best posts that didn’t get a ton of readership the first time out but that I know you would love.

 

I think you’re going to love these.

 

5 Direct Sales Fails and How to Fix Them

 

7 Surefire Ways to Get Bookings Now!

 

Take the Challenge – 24 Bookings in 24 Hours

 

Just Be Yourself!

 

A Crazy Simple Tool That Will Increase Your Sponsoring Results

 



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