I got a lot of responses to Monday's newsletter and podcast about Saying No with Grace. One in particular, from Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, reminded me of a trick I often use with clients. If you have a hard time standing up to someone or saying No to them, just say, "Alyson said I couldn't do that." Or "Alyson said I needed to do this instead." I'll take the heat for you.
(This works great with family members!)
Image (c) Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, High and Dry