Tuesday, April 16, 2019

4 Steps to Declining Invitations

You are not expected to be all things to all people, or in all places at all times. 

Saying "No" is empowering. 

When you want to decline and invitation, be positive and professional with these 4 steps:
  1. Thank the person who asked/invited.
  2. State that you wish him/her the best at the XYZ event/experience.
  3. Let the person know you will be declining. (There's no need for explaining where you will be instead. If it is not competitive, it is okay to share that you will send good energy from where you will be.)
  4. (Optional - Send a message the day of the event to send him  or her well wishes for that day's event/experience.)
When you are not interested or not available doesn't mean you have to explain or divulge, or even apologize. Keeping things brief and upbeat will keep your decline among the best replies someone receives! 

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