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Saying No: The Art and Science of Setting Boundaries at Work

Total Credits: .3 Workshop CEU(s)

Dr. Sarah Porter
3 Hours



Maybe you have found yourself saying yes to a new project and later regretting it as you grow increasingly overstretched, depleted, and resentful. Perhaps you’ve bumbled your way through saying no to a colleague or student, leaving yourself wondering how others do it with such grace. It turns out that there is an art to setting boundaries. This workshop shows you why, when, and how to say no to avoid burnout and keep yourself moving toward your goals.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the reasons why setting boundaries is a critical skill for flourishing personally and professionally.
  • Identify four roadblocks to effective boundary-setting.
  • Use a simple decision-making framework to determine whether to say yes or no to an opportunity.
  • Apply at least three different techniques to successfully say "no."

Plans for Audience Participation and Interaction:

During this highly interactive session, attendees have an opportunity to engage in a number of activities, including but not limited to: 

  • Reflecting upon how you feel about saying "no."
  • Completing a self-assessment of your comfort with setting boundaries.
  • Engaging in a writing exercise about cultural messages around boundary setting and saying "no."
  • Applying a decision-making model to a recent request.
  • Participating in a breakout session to brainstorm responses to a boundary-setting scenario.
  • Practicing a mindful breathing technique to reduce nervousness when delivering a "no."

Certificate and CEUs for Virtual Workshops

Learners will have the option to earn a certificate of attendance or a certificate with Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion of the workshop. To earn a certificate with CEUs, the learner must successfully pass the learning assessment with a score of 80% or higher. All learners must complete the post-event evaluation to earn credentials. 

The duration of this workshop is three hours, which is equal to 0.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 


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Austin Community College

Dr. Sarah Porter (she/her) is an adjunct professor of Student Development at Austin Community College, a licensed psychologist, and the founder of a workplace training and consulting practice in which she translates the latest behavioral science research into actionable strategies that increase individual and organizational well-being. She is an experienced in-person and virtual speaker (550 speaking events and counting!) who is just as comfortable facilitating a work session for five or giving a keynote to an audience of 2,500. With her track record of success as a college professor, director of university wellness programming, management consultant for a Big Four professional services firm, and therapist, Dr. Porter brings a unique perspective to her work: She understands how soft skills development is critical to thriving personally and professionally. She is an extrovert with a dash of nerd who enjoys bringing the head and the heart together in every talk she gives.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests, minus a $25 administrative fee, must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.  Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.