Polite Ways To Turn Someone Down
Saying “no” can be difficult – even if it’s the right thing to do. WorkingMother.com contributor Renee Peterson Trudeau offers these eight ways to do the deed.
- Try Just no. “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.” Then say nothing more.
- The Gracious No. “I really appreciate you asking, but I’m already committed.”
- The I’m sorry, no. “I wish I could, but that’s not going to work right now.”
- The It’s someone else’s decision no. “I promised my coach I wouldn’t take on any more projects.”
- Also try the My family is the reason No. “Thanks for the invite, but my son has a soccer game and I never miss those.”
- The I know someone else no. “I can’t right now, but I can recommend someone who might.”
- The setting boundaries no: “Let me tell you what I can do,” and then limit the commitment to what is comfortable for you.
- Finally, the Not no, but not yes. “Let me think about it and get back to you.”