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Episode 13: 🙅🏻‍♀️ How to Say No as a Product Manager

Episode 13: 🙅🏻‍♀️ How to Say No as a Product Manager

Struggle to say no to commitments coming your way? This episode is for you!

🍻 Join us for happy hour in your sweatpants! In this episode, Era and Ajay are here to provide a non-filtered perspective on saying no as a product manager. We provide a framework that you can use, and role play an example close to what you can expect in real life on the job!

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✍🏾 Show Notes

00:00 Intro

00:35 Episode overview

01:51 What's That Drink?!

02:23 Drinking game: drink on the word "listening"

03:00 Our sponsor: US!

03:38 Why you should learn how to say NO

07:05 Our framework for saying no: LAPATO

08:22 LA: Listening Actively

10:11 P: Pitch

13:22 ATO: Articulate the Tradeoff

16:00 Role Play: Applying LAPATO in a real life example

24:26 Cool Product Thing: Amazon Pre-Filled Grocery Carts

28:57 Outro

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Product Happy Hour
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🧐 New to product management? Considering becoming a PM? Miss happy hour in our new remote/hybrid work world? Join us for Product Happy Hour 🍻🎙, where you can do happy hour in your sweatpants! 🎉 Drink with your favorite product people, Ajay Waghray and Era Johal, while learning more about building great products. Support this podcast at