Susan Riley | June 2015

What to Do When You Hear NO

Have you ever gotten really excited by something that you know will make a real impact on students, only to feel the crushing blow of a slammed door in your face with a firm the “word no” attached?  This is very common, especially when trying to get an arts integration effort off the ground.  After all – with so many change initiatives going on at once, adding one more thing to the mix can be a hard sell.

This kind of the “word no” can come from the most unexpected places too.  Sometimes it can be from an administrator, but a lot of times, you’ll hear it or see it from your fellow staff members.  No matter what, this kind of reaction can leave us feeling helpless, frustrated, or worse – a deserted island.

Just go home and make babies

In today’s episode of EducationCloset On-Demand, I’m sharing one of my most personal stories of being on the receiving end of “word no”.  It was when I was fresh out of my master’s degree program and looking for a job as an assistant principal.  When hearing the “word no” for the 2nd time, I sought out feedback and the response was crushing.

In this video, you’ll hear what happened AFTER the “word no”…which is often the make or break moment.  It’s not about the “no”, it’s about what you do next that counts.

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Remember: Every no you receive saves you time on your journey to where you are supposed to be.  It’s time to repackage the message to turn that “not this way” into a “let’s do this”!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan