Athene Donald has written a really interesting blog post on how to say ‘no.’ Something I suspect many of us need to do!
‘One of those persistent stereotypes-by-gender is that women are less good at saying no than men. Whether or not you believe that to be true, there is no doubt that many of us – myself included – are less than perfect at saying exactly what we mean. It is too easy to try to soften a rejection to the point that the listener, who may after all have an ulterior motive in not hearing ‘no’, doesn’t appreciate that your refusal is exactly that. This is not confined to Early Career Researchers……….’
Do you say no? Or do you think you should in fact be saying yes to more things?!?