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No!: How One Simple Word Can Transform Your Life    by Jana Kemp order for
by Jana Kemp
Order:  USA  Can
AMACOM, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Ayesha Baumgartner

A powerful title for a powerful book. No! is a must read for anyone juggling a stressful life, and needing to prioritize and set healthy boundaries. Jana Kemp provides the tools to effectively use the word 'No!' to free up your life in order to commit more effectively to a yes. Learn to be decisive in daily conversations, with kids and adults. Find out if you are a 'Waffler', or a 'Yes-ism' person, or a 'Master of No!', through self-assessment tests offered throughout the book. Learn to stand up and protect yourself, your time and energy, and the lives of those close to you. Learn to protect important people in your life and your business with simple yet straightforward skills, in saying No! out loud when you mean no, and yes when you mean yes.

Kemp advises to ask yourself 'Power' questions before making any daily life decisions, in order to have more control of your life and your time. 'No! is about putting no back into your vocabulary as a legitimate, time-saving and life affirming word, making a decision and keeping your resolve.' Several real life scenarios are described, along with tips to handle difficult situations. Jana Kemp offers tools on how to protect your emotional, intellectual, and physical space with great action practices related to self-defense through the Martial Arts. Learn what others mean when they 'Waffle', and learn about yourself through your daily decisions. A summary at the end of each chapter helps the reader put tested tools into practice immediately.

This book is valuable to anyone from corporate executives to employees, parents to teens. No! can help each of us prevent misunderstandings in day to day interactions, and gain skills in leading a more empowered, balanced and healthy life.

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