About this Event
Following the conversation, we invite you to join us for a meet-and-greet with the author, book signing and light refreshments.
The Power of Saying No: The New Science of How to Say No That Puts You In Charge of Your Life (Sourcebooks, June 1, 2023)
Vanessa Patrick, Professor of Marketing and Associate Dean of Research, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
Dilip Soman, Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics; Director, Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman (BEAR)
Stop saying yes. Start saying no. Change your life!
You have probably said "yes" to bosses, partners, family, friends, and even strangers, when you actually want to say "no." Maybe you wish you could say no more often, but you're not sure how or if it's even possible to do so. You're not alone! We're taught to say yes as often as we can. After all, if you say no, aren't you likely to miss out on opportunities and sever important relationships? Isn't saying no a harmony-buster?
In The Power of Saying No, award-winning professor and researcher Vanessa Patrick delves into the new science of saying no. She introduces the ground-breaking concept of "empowered refusal"—a proven framework for saying no that puts you in charge of your life—and reveals some surprising secrets about the power of the word no.
Dr. Patrick shares:
- Why empowered refusal is a valuable superskill that helps us say no in a way that does not invite pushback from others.
- The toolkit of three competencies you need to develop to effectively communicate an empowered no response.
- A framework to help separate the "good-for-me" from the "not-good-for-me" activities and engagements that come our way.
- How to establish and implement personal policies that empower your refusal.
- How to use empowered refusal to manage difficult askers, strengthen your relationships and realize your full potential.
It's more important than ever to protect your time, focus on your top priorities, and use the power of saying no to reach your goals at work and at home. Empowered refusal is a unique, positive, and meaning-filled approach to managing your energy and ambition effectively, allowing you to make lasting, positive changes in your life.
This empowering book is a fascinating read that will help you with conflict resolution, boundaries, communication, and difficult conversations!
"If you're tired of agreeing to annoying asks and thankless tasks, read this book. 'The Power of Saying No' offers the smartest advice I've ever encountered for declining requests without risking your reputation or your relationships. This essential guide will sharpen your mind and steel your spine to live life on your own terms." —Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Regret, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
"'The Power of Saying No' will stay within arm's reach for me. It offers the explanations and the inspirations I need to take charge of my life and career, with concrete tools to make it happen. I was able to put Vanessa Patrick's lessons to work the day I started reading the book and have continued every day since. Read this book. Twice." —Dolly Chugh, author of The Person You Mean to Be and A More Just Future, Jacob B. Melnick Term Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business
About our Speaker:
Dr. Vanessa Patrick is a Professor of Marketing and the Associate Dean for Research at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She has a PhD in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA in marketing and a BS degree in microbiology and biochemistry from Bombay University in India. Patrick has published dozens of research articles in top-tier academic journals in psychology, marketing, and management, and popular accounts of her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post and The Washington Post. In her research, she investigates strategies to achieve personal mastery and inspire everyday excellence in oneself and others and is a pioneer in the study of everyday consumer aesthetics. Patrick lives with her family in Houston, Texas.
About our Moderator:
Dilip Soman is a Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics, and serves as a Director of the Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman (BEAR). His research is in the area of behavioural science and its applications to consumer wellbeing, marketing and policy. He is the author of The Last Mile (University of Toronto Press) and teaches a massive open online course (MOOC) BE101X: Behavioural Economics in Action on EdX.
This event is available to attend in-person or virtually via livestream.
Rotman Events is committed to accessibility for all people. If you have any access needs or if there are any ways we can support your full participation in this session, please email Mandi Gosling [[email protected]] no later than 2 weeks in advance of the event and we will be glad to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.
General Admission: In-Person Ticket Details
- The event will be hosted in Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management (105 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E6). Your registration fee includes a copy of the book, meet-and-greet with book signing by the author, as well as access to a video replay of the session for 30 days.
General Admission: Livestream Ticket Details
- Rotman Events will email registrants a link to the livestream. Your registration fee includes access to the livestream, video replay for 30 days, a copy of the book and shipping fees. The book will be shipped to registrants after the event. Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
30-day Catch-up Viewing
- Unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts? Not to worry. All registrants (in-person or livestream) can access the full recording on-demand for one month after the live event.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
- Refunds will only be issued for cancellations received in writing NO LATER than 24 hours prior to the event. Please email [email protected] for processing.
- In-person registrants who do not pick up their book at the event will have 5 business days to request postal delivery by emailing us at [email protected]. All unclaimed books will be returned to the publisher after that time.
Questions: [email protected], Mandi Gosling
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Rotman School of Management + Livestream, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada
CAD 0.00 to CAD 40.99