The Power of Saying No

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

When everything feels like an opportunity, a priority, or an obligation, how do we say no? The truth is we cannot start saying no until we get clear on why we keep saying Yes. The workshop teaches you the power of saying no.

Online Workshop

Tuesday, July 16, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Dr. Desiree Dickerson





Target Group

Doctoral students 


Research, Research Management, Business and Organizations


8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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In this workshop, we explore:

  • Why we say yes so much – people pleasing, scarcity and uncertainty, and perceived opportunities, etc.
  • Impacts of Saying yes – time poverty, exhaustion, loss of self and loss of joy for what we do.
  • Why we need to start saying no – energy, long-term gains, well-being, productivity.
  • How do we get it: confidence – what does it mean, what does it look and feel like; rewriting thought and behavioural patterns; Assertive communication and active listening.


  • Time management
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Assertiveness
  • Confidence building


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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