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Stop saying yes.

Start saying no.

Change your life!

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.

Praise for the Power of Saying No

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The Power of Saying No is a life-changing book. You can set boundaries without damaging your relationships, and Vanessa Patrick shows you how to do it.”.

- Jonah Berger

Bestselling author of Contagious and The Catalyst

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

“Saying ‘no’ can be empowering, but you should say ‘yes’ to this book! Vanessa shares wise, practical tips for setting boundaries and living life with conviction, so you can spend more time on what matters and spend less time on what doesn’t.”

Laura Vanderkam

Author of Tranquility by Tuesday and 168 Hours

“Saying no is a superpower, and it can be yours when you read Vanessa Patrick’s paradigm-shifting book. If you want to learn how to say no so you can say yes to your life, pick up this book and read it.”

- Whitney Johnson

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of Smart Growth

"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

Praise for The Power of Saying No:

Dr. Vanessa Patrick, Ph.D.

Vanessa Patrick, PhD. is the Associate Dean for Research, the Bauer Professor of Marketing and lead faculty of the Executive Women in Leadership Program at the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston.

Her research has been published in top-tier academic journals in psychology, marketing, and management, and popular accounts of her work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, LA Times, Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post and Washington Post.

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