I Just Can’t Say NO!…….

As a consultant, I am continually asked to do projects that require me to learn something new. Consequently, if I want the business I have to say yes to almost any project that comes my way. Therefore, I have said yes to some projects that I don’t know how to do at that time. After I leave the client, I have to figure out how to do what it is that they want me to do. Through the years I have learned how to do multiple new things. I have learned how to write data base programs, I have learned how to use spreadsheets to better advantage and some CAD drawings that I wouldn’t have otherwise known how to do. When it comes time to billing the customer, however, I will not bill them for the time that it took to learn the new project. However I will have gained the knowledge how to do it for another time and it has come in handy for some later projects. Have you found this to be true for anything that you’ve done?

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One Response to I Just Can’t Say NO!…….

  1. PM Hut says:

    Hi,

    As a project manager, I share your dilemma, but I’ve learned how to say no (it’s a very different lesson to learn). Read this article that we posted a long time ago on how to say no. Hope you’ll benefit from it and hopefully you’ll be able to say no!

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