"Saying No" Cheat Sheet

1.    It’s not you, it’s me, and I appreciate you!

  •  Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support, I really appreciate it! I can’t take on anything else right now, so I’m not able to do xyz.
  • I really appreciate you asking me, but I’m maxed out now and can’t take on anything else.

2.    An appreciation sandwich

  • Thanks for asking, but that isn’t going to work for me. Good luck on xyz.
  • Thanks for asking, but unfortunately that won’t work for me. I hope xyz is a huge success, and I know it will be with you at the helm.

3.    No, but here’s a helping hand

  • I can’t do it, but I bet Jess or Steve can. I’ll put you in touch with them directly. 
  • I don’t have time right now, but let me recommend someone who may be able to help you.

4.    Simple no

  • Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that though.

5.    No, I made a promise to myself

  •  While working with a coach, I made a commitment that I wouldn’t take on any more projects right now. I’m working towards creating more balance in my life. Thanks for your support in helping me make this happen.