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The Power of a Positive No Audiobook

The Power of a Positive No

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Publisher's Summary

No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say no: to people at work, at home, and in our communities; because no is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us.

But as we all know, the wrong no can also destroy what we most value by alienating and angering people. That's why saying no the right way is crucial. The secret to saying no without destroying relationships lies in the art of the Positive No, a proven technique that anyone can learn.

This indispensable audiobook will give you a simple three-step method for saying a Positive No. It will show you how to assert and defend your key interests; how to make your no firm and strong; how to resist the other side's aggression and manipulation; and how to do all this while still getting to yes. In the end, the Positive No will help you get not just to any yes but to the right yes, the one that truly serves your interests.

Based on William Ury's celebrated Harvard University course for managers and professionals, The Power of a Positive No offers concrete advice and practical examples for saying no in virtually any situation. Whether you need to say no to your customer or your coworker, your employee or your CEO, your child or your spouse, you will find in this book the secret to saying no clearly, respectfully, and effectively.

In today's world of high stress and limitless choices, the pressure to give in and say yes grows greater every day, producing overload and overwork, expanding e-mail and eroding ethics. Never has no been more needed. A Positive No has the power to profoundly transform our lives by enabling us to say yes to what counts: our own needs, values, and priorities.

©2007 William Ury; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"His reminders to consider the other person's perspective while asserting your own position create a clear, unambiguous path to win-win situations." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gryphon 04-19-07
    Gryphon 04-19-07
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    "Truly applicable"

    Having listened to "Getting to YES," I was surprisingly pleased with how much better "The Power of a Positive No" was in comparision. This is not to say that the first book was substandard, but rather that this book focused on what so many people struggle with: Understanding how, why, and when to say "NO" in order to get to "YES."

    It addresses everything from the struggle within ourselves to say the word, to delivering it with confidently, ethically, and gracefully. You never feel as if the author meanders off course, but rather ties all points back to the central theme of the higher (or deeper) purpose: reaching a consensus and a solution.

    This book is well written, the narration is excellent, and the content woven with historical references (biographical and autobiographical) yet never becomes self-aggrandizing.

    This book is a must for EVERYONE, regardless of societal position. It will not disappoint.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Anshum Novi, MI, USA 02-10-10
    Anshum Novi, MI, USA 02-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't underestimate the title"

    This is an excellent book. A must read for everyone. Don't think this is just about how to say NO firmly. It is much more than that.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Misiion Viejo, CA, USA 03-21-07
    David Misiion Viejo, CA, USA 03-21-07
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    "The power of positive no"

    This as a very helpful and insightful teaching on how to say NO without malice or defeat. A win -win approach to saying no may just be the power of a win -win negotiation or answer for the nayer and the sayer.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mario Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-08
    Mario Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-08
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    "WoW!"

    When I started this book I was immersed into the best self help enlightening experience ever, Easy steps to give a person firepower in negotiating life daily task and interaction with work, family and personal feelings. Narrator was very friendly and easy to understand. Task given were quick and concise I WILL listen to this book again and apply it to my life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Koen 08-01-16
    Koen 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Farfetched, but helpful"

    The story is narrated quite clear. And the core message is very helpful too, but it really feels like the book had to be filled with information that is somehow linked to saying no but actually does not belong in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Heald 09-04-15
    Amy Heald 09-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes to this book!"

    Listened to it 3 times. Love the simple tools given in this book! Read it and you'll learn to say no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anson Chen 09-07-14
    Anson Chen 09-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "average, not as good as the first book"
    What would have made The Power of a Positive No better?

    Good reader and performance but the content is just disappointing compared to "Getting to Yes"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael T. Grove Western North Carolina 02-21-12
    Michael T. Grove Western North Carolina 02-21-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Had several real take away ideas"
    If you could sum up The Power of a Positive No in three words, what would they be?

    Listen and try


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a self help/negotiating book. There was several take away ideas that will help in my business and personal negotiations.


    Have you listened to any of William Ury’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Getting to Yes.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of a Positive No?

    Saying no with more power because of putting a positive spin on a valid no.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorene Zant 06-27-16
    Lorene Zant 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding"

    I have listened to this book twice and bought the hard copy. Such 'uncommon' common sense as the author points out. This is a must read for both every day conflict resolution to world wide peace efforts. The examples given by the author are profound, pertinent, and life changing. A book for everybody regardless of your stage in life and regardless of socioeconomic status.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "help for those who avoid/accommodate"

    The yes-no-yes pattern resonated with me and I'm anxious to apply it both personally and professionally. His examples are from multiple domains and very effective. (one annoyance: the audio chapters do not align with the actual book chapters)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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