If you’re like me, you have trouble saying no so, but when I realized that every time I was saying ‘yes’ to something I was also saying ‘no’ to something, I figured I’d best figure out some ways to say it so I could say no more easily. Sharing this nugget I just got from reading “The 7 Emails You Need to Know How to Write” by Teju Ravilochan.
Thanks so much for reaching out, [name]. I appreciate what you’re trying to do. One of our core values is militant transparency, so I’ll be fully honest. At the moment, I want to whole heartedly give myself to our core priorities, involving getting our new Institutes up and running, growing our team, and raising capital. That means I’m choosing to decline a lot of conversations I’d otherwise like to have; so I won’t be able to prioritize hopping on the phone with you.
If there’s something quick I can help you with or if you have a specific question, do send me an email about it and I’ll be happy to get back to you!
My best, Teju
Another phrase that’s come in very handy over the years is…
Sorry, I’d love to, but just can’t.
How do you say no? Any gems on this topic you’d like to share?