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Ask For What You Want

  • You have a right to make your wants known to others, just as others have a right to make a request of you.

  • You have a right to say “no” and be taken seriously, and to say “yes” and still be treated with respect.

  • You deny your own importance when you don’t ask for what you want, or when you say “yes” when you mean “no”. • Making a request assertively doesn’t guarantee you will get what you want, but it opens the way for more equal negotiation.

  • People can’t read your mind to guess your needs, so speak up for your own sake.

  • Saying “no” doesn’t mean you are rejecting the person—you’re simply deciding not to agree with a request.


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