Written by Kirsten Taggart
How many times have you said “Yes” when you really wanted to say “No?” We strive to make our friends, family, and employers happy by doing favors when asked, but sometimes its okay – necessary, even – to just say no. This doesn’t make you selfish or rude, but the way you say it shouldn’t leave the inquirer in bad spirits. When it comes time keep these five tips in mind.
1. Be polite and respectful. A graceful rejection will leave a much better impression than a defensive one.
2. Don’t lie. Saying no is best in its simplest form. You should never feel required to state your reason, so don’t feel pressured to give an excuse.
3. If it’s a task that can be completed another day, let them know that you will be able to help at a more suitable time.
4. Offer to ask around to see if someone else is available instead.
5. Hold your ground. If they ask again, calmly apologize and reiterate that now is a bad time.
It’s important to prioritize and choose your “yes’” wisely so as not to become overwhelmed. Don’t lose sight of the importance of personal time!