Just say "NO"

Just say

Reading minds is easier than you think. This idea will create some intrigue as well as a smile. You’ll need an A4 envelope and an A4 piece of paper with the word "NO" printed in bold on it.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

So far you have everything required to read a mind… with a twist. There’s some intrigue created by using the big envelope and the promise of psychic powers.


Okay Joe (use person’s name), if that’s your real name… Is it?

They’ll nod to confirm. Take a second to ponder their answer.


Exactly, my psychic powers tell me that is your real name…

Now, would you be okay with me reading your mind?

Lend me your ears

Most people will be up for the challenge. Reveal the envelope with a smile.


I have one word written on a piece of paper inside this envelope, do you know what it is?

Annunciate when saying the word ‘know’.

They may not answer immediately, press them for an answer.


Do you know what the word is?

Seal the Deal and Reveal

They should respond with the word, “No”.


Strange that you say that, because what I predicted in my mind was the word…

Pull out the paper printout from the envelope and reveal the word, “NO”.


Don’t be alarmed, I’m no longer in your head.

This should get a smile or some impressed nods.

Some extra lines you can try

  • I always take no for an answer.
  • You might need some mental floss, with such a dirty mind.
  • I’m glad I’m out of your head, feel like I need a shower now.
Alternative ending

Hand them the envelope and printout – to try out on others.


I predict that you’ll be able to read other people’s minds as well.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Does everyone say no?


Are you trying to find a “yes” man?

You got me there.

What is the message here?

Not to always think positive. Just kidding.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you are wanting to demonstrate how we all understand things differently.
  • When you want to get people loosened up and thinking.
  • When you want people to learn how to say “NO”.
Where to use it
  • office
  • sales meetings
  • mentoring
  • leadership forums
  • customer meetings
  • networking functions
Getting ready
Items required
  • an A4 sheet of paper and a big envelope – the word “NO” should be printed in bold on the sheet of paper
  • Place the sheet of paper in the envelope.
Training required
  • If you can say “NO” you can do this.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • People may start saying “NO” a lot.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material


size size

paper and envelope

durability durability

it is paper – don’t crumple it

source source

a friend

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

one-on-one is best

possible health risk possible health risk

paper cut … ?

reusable how many times you can use it

once per person

training needed training needed


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