Do you want to go out?
Can I have some of your cake?
Can you do this work right now?
Would you like to see a movie?
Would you like something to drink?
You want to say NO
The best and most effective way to show you disagree is to say NO
There is no confusion people will understand
If someone ignores you after you say NO, they are choosing to make you uncomfortable.
Politely Say No
Be strong, clear, and confident:
No, thank you
No, I am not interested.
No, I disagree
Less clear ways to say NO:
I would prefer not
This is not a good idea
I do not agree
I think maybe not
I am not sure
Including an explanation might make the person you are saying NO to understand you better.
Can you give me you personal information and all your money? What answer is most clear?
No, I would not like to do that.
I am not sure if I should do that.
Maybe I will think about it.
That is not a good idea.
It is still best to say NO but making recommendations might make it a little better:
Lenny wants you to join their book club. You do not want to.
Suggest to Lenny they can get new members by creating a Facebook group
Maybe you don't like reading and would like a movie club instead
If you know someone who would like to join, offer to introduce them
If you are busy now, explain you might want to join in the future
Say NO but make you body language match
Take a step back
Say NO with hand gestures
Shake your head to say NO
Use facial expressions to say NO
Be serious or stern
What body language should you use while saying no?
Seem serious and have good posture.
Have positive hand gestures
The best way is to Clearly say NO
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