How to Say NO Without Hurting People – Almost all of us face trouble while saying ‘no’. And there are reasons for it. In our society, saying ‘no’ is a kind of insult to others. We are taught from a very young age to never say ‘no’ to authoritative figures, like our parents, teachers, relatives. bosses, etc. But why so? Often there’s a fear of confrontation, fear of rejection, the feeling of guilt for hurting others, or probably you are afraid of being rude. But it is very important to say no when necessary. You have every right to protect your boundaries and maintain your own priorities and for that, you should say ‘No’. Below we have discussed How to Say NO Without Hurting People. Check it out!
How to Say NO Without Hurting People
“I would love to do it for you, but…”
When your plate is full of other responsibilities, it is natural that you won’t be interested to take new requests. In such condition, explain your situation by saying “I would love to do it for you, but…” This will make the other person understand that currently you are engaged with tasks of higher priorities and they will hold off the current request for a while.
“Let me think about it first and I will get back to you”
If someone proposes a new idea to you that meets your interest, but you need to think on it for some time, you can say a temporary ‘no’, by saying “Let me think about it first and I will get back to you”. It is important to think every possible aspects before saying ‘yes’ to something new. So take your time and if the person who put forth the request is serious, he/she will wait for your reply.
“It doesn’t meet my requirements now, but sure I will keep you in mind”
When someone provides you any opportunity that doesn’t meet your need at the moment, gently say ‘no’ with this statement “It doesn’t meet my requirements now, but sure I will keep you in mind”. This won’t hurt the other person, instead he/she will understand that what he/she has to offer you is not bad, but you are saying ‘no’, because you are looking for something else. Saying “I will keep you in mind” will ensure that the door is always open for future opportunities.
“I am afraid that I am not the right person to help you on this, Why don’t you try Mr/Ms X?”
What will you do if someone asks you for help and you are afraid that you won’t be able to do anything? Simply tell “I am afraid that I am not the right person to help you on this, Why don’t you try Mr/Ms X?” This will avoid any kind of hard feeling, because even if you are saying that you can’t help, but at the same time you are letting him/her know the person who will be able to help.
Say No Simply
The trick is to say ‘no’ wisely. Here are some one-liner that will come handy when you don’t want to pronounce the dirty word.
- I wish I could make it work.
- No thank you, but it sounds lovely.
- I won’t be able to dedicate the time I need to it.
- My body says yes, but my heart says no
- I wish there were two of me.
- Unfortunately its not a good time.
- I am honored, but can’t.
- I really don’t think I would be able to do justice to it.
Saying ‘no’ is difficult, but you cannot always say ‘yes’ to everything and everybody. Learn How to Say NO Without Hurting People. You will find that it’s not as bad as you had imagined it to be. Apart from the listed ways, there are many other ways to say ‘no’. If you have your own style, do share it with us in the comment section below.
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