When I was a kid, my school had candy bar fundraisers.
Did you ever have to go door-to-door selling something, or stand outside Target asking people, “Hi, would you like to buy a candy bar for a dollar?” (Side question: have candy bar prices not changed in 30 years, or were we just charging a ton for a low-quality chocolate bar?)
Anyway, I got a lot of, “No, thanks” and “Not this time.” Sometimes people gave an excuse, but most of the time it was a brief wave of the hand and some version of “no.” And I moved on.
In the last few weeks I’ve had three, different corporate teams ask for resources and workshops on setting boundaries; it’s clearly a hot topic!
So, if you’d like some ways to say, “No” without apologizing, here are some ideas:
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