Note This! 14 ways Ghanaians can do better at saying No

I am aware that saying no can be difficult, but you must understand that it is okay to say no to invitations and requests you can’t honour.

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Ghanaian may seem unreliable because we have a huge problem with saying no. In an attempt to be helpful or not to offend, we end up paying lips service and disappointing people, a lot.

Instead of saying no to an invitation or a request they know they won’t to able to honour, a typical Ghanaian will say, “I am sure, I’ll be there by 2pm”.

I am aware that saying no can be difficult, but you must understand that it is okay to say no to invitations and requests you can’t honour.

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In fact, it is essential for your wellbeing and your relationship with others to be honest if you have to or want to say no. However, it takes practice to say no in a way that doesn’t offend people. If you have difficulties saying a simple no, try these alternates:

1.     Gracious: “I really appreciate you asking me, but my time is already committed.”

2.     Regretful: “I wish I could, but it’s just not going to work right now.”

3.     Someone Else’s Decision: “I promised my husband, I wouldn’t take on any more projects right now.”

4.     Family Time: “Thanks so much for the invite, that’s the day of my daughter’s soccer game, and I never miss those.”

5.     I Know Someone Else: “I just don’t have time right now. Let me recommend someone who may be able to help you.”

6.     Prior Engagement: “I appreciate you thinking of me, but I’m afraid I’m already booked that day.”

7.     Make an offer: “Let me tell you what I can do…” Then limit the commitment to what will be comfortable for you.

8.     I’ll give it a thought: “Let me think about it, and I’ll get back to you by Thursday, if I haven’t by then, please call me.”

9.     Taking care of me: “Thank you for asking, but I try to stay at home and rest my back on Sundays.”

10.  Ask me later: “I want to do that, but I’m not available until September. Will you ask me again then?”

11.  Keep trying: “None of those dates work for me, but I would love to do the interview. Send me some more dates.”

12.  Try me last minute: “I am not sure I can get there by 2pm, Will you call me right before you set off to be sure?”

13.  Gratitude: “Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support! I’m sorry I’m not able to help you at this time.”

14.  Just No: “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.”

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