Your inbox is somebody else’s todo list.
This saying reminds me that people are wanting things to get done and they are asking me to do them for them. Their todo list has become mine. In a positive light there is a great opportunity here to build a connection with someone by providing an amazing connection or value through your response.
If it ain’t in my todo list, it aint gonna happen!
But everything? you say. Do you really try and respond to everything?
- Include a compliment/inspiration (because I like to validate and inspire people who are on their mission). They make the world go round!
- Acknowledge the Invitation with Authenticity. If it’s not a good fit say why. If it’s a good fit say why you think so. If you’re not sure, invite them to share more with you or offer to reconnect at a better time to check in.
- Regardless, always leave the door open for further communication. This tells them you’re saying no to the idea and not the relationship. 😉
For those of you who still don’t like saying no to people, saying a clear no to things gives you clarity on what you stand for and, most importantly, what you would say yes to and why.