We have a running joke in our family.
Dad is no longer allowed to answer the front door or pick up the home phone.
We’ve learned from experience. First it was Foxtel doing a door knock. Dad ended up agreeing to a 24 month contract, on the most expensive plan. “Oh, did you want to get Foxtel?” Mum asked him, confused.
“Not particularly,” Dad replied.
But the contract, and the hundreds and hundreds of dollars down the toilet, was far less excruciating than the alternative: saying ‘no’.
Mia Freedman, Monique Bowley and Jessie Stephens discuss the single most effective way to say ‘no’ on this weeks episode of Mamamia Out Loud. Post continues below.
It happens with telemarketers and salespeople. Doorknockers who would like you to complete a 30 minute survey on a Tuesday night at 7pm, right when dinner has been served.
These people only have jobs because people like my Dad exist. And I sincerely apologise.
My dad, in his mid fifties, is virtually incapable of saying ‘no’. And along with his ears and odd-shaped knees, I’ve inherited it.
I often say ‘yes’ to plans when I already have plans. I’ve handed in my own Uni assignments late, because I was busy helping other people with theirs. When I tutored as a side job for extra money, I ended up with 16 students. And some weren’t even paying me.
I feel the need to clearly state, this is not because I am a profoundly good person. I am not doing this out of the goodness of my heart. I do it because I am physically incapable of uttering the word ‘no’.