Five ways to say ‘no’ without being rude
- Say it Straight. If you want to be taken seriously by the organisation, it is best to be honest.
- Buy Time. Try to buy time in order to accommodate the new task.
- Watch your Body Language. Use the right tone for communicating, and maintain steady eye contact.
- Try the ‘Sandwich Method’
- Be Ready with Explanations.
How do you say no politely?
Here’s a great tip:
- Stop saying yes when you want to say no.
- Use the word.
- Or a firm (but polite) alternative.
- Don’t Costanza it.
- Don’t go on and on.
- Don’t be afraid to say it twice.
- If need be, use ‘because’.
- Just smile and shake your head.
How do you politely refuse something?
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- Take a deep breath and evaluate the situation.
- Say no in person if possible.
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- Emphasize that you do want to help.
How do you say no diplomatically?
Here are some examples about how to approach saying no:
- Consider the request, don’t interrupt.
- Think before giving your response.
- Be honest and don’t resort to a long list of excuses.
- Keep things simple and clear, don’t over-explain.
- Be polite and respectful.
- Use a cordial tone of voice.