Five on Friday: ways to say no


In this Five on Friday episode, we discuss fun and firm ways to say no.

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  • "Thanks for thinking of me, but I just can't."
  • "That date doesn't work, but maybe another time."
  • "I'm not taking anything else on right now."
  • "That's a negative, Ghost Rider."
  • "I'm just in a season of 'no' right now."


  • "Let me check my calendar and get back to you."
  • "I can't do it, but ______ might be interested."
  • Have qualifiers that create boundaries when agreeing to things.
  • Don't casually agree to things in the moment.
  • "No." is a complete sentence

"If it isn't a clear yes, then it's a clear no." Essentialism

"To uphold our highest priorities and relationships, we do have to say no." Jacey