Note-writing Advice: How To Say No

Here’s the response I received when I offered to do an international house exchange with a family in Paris (that I knew was looking at many other locations worldwide).

“Dear Gene,

Thank you for the offer, but we are not able to consider it at this time. Good luck.”

This rejection letter did not sting.  I think that’s because the writer took time to personalize it (“Dear Gene”) and because the rejection was not final (“at this time”).

Little touches, really, but that’s what effective communication involves


Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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