(You know, it's nice to work in a place where it's more of a problem to get people to say "no" than to say "yes"!)

Some ways to say no:

  • "I'm afraid I'm not the best person to help you with this. Have you thought about asking_______?"

  • "I'd love to help, but I really don't have time for a formal commitment. Maybe we could just talk once or twice."

  • "I'm sorry, but I've just got too many other commitments right now."

  • "That sounds interesting, but can I call you back tomorrow? I need a little time to think about it before I decide."

    (Also see the paragraph Say No in the Introduction.)