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3 Better Ways to Say "I Don't Want to"

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3 Better Ways to Say "I Don't Want to"
Presented with an opportunity or request that only makes you groan or cringe? While you might just want to scream, "I don't want to!" there are more polite and professional ways to get your point across. Here are three better ways to turn someone down when you don't want to do something.

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“I Don’t Have the Time”

When you try to find a way out of a commitment you're really not looking forward to, bringing up the fact that your schedule is already packed is a  justifiable reason.

If you want to cushion the blow a little more, preface this statement with an, “I’d love to, but…”. 

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“Maybe Next Time”

This will allow you to politely shut down a person's request without brutally closing the door entirely.

It works especially well for social obligations.

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“No, Thank You”

If and when you don’t want to do something, reply with a simple, “No, thank you.

Sometimes, trying to offer an explanation of your refusal will open the door for arguments and maybe even for a future similar invitation. By offering this answer, you’ve made it clear that you’re not interested.

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