7 Simple Ways to Say No

Image of YES & NO buttons.Real estate can often be a game of “yessing” yourself to death. In the pursuit of building relationships and keeping the door open to all who may need your professional services, it’s easy to bury yourself with a thousand little commitments.

Celestine Chua of the Personal Excellence Blog shares this useful articleon the psychology behind our resistance to saying no as well as these seven great ways to delay or defer obligations:

  1. I can’t commit to this as I have other priorities at the moment.
  2. Now’s not a good time as I’m in the middle of something. How about we reconnect at X time?
  3. I’d love to do this but…
  4. Let me think about it first and get back to you.
  5. This doesn’t meet my needs now, but I’ll be sure to keep you in mind.
  6. I’m not the best person to help on this. Why don’t you try X?
  7. No, I can’t.

Do yourself a favor and read Celestine’s excellent article. Learning how to say no without burning bridges is a valuable skill for preserving your focus:


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