5 Message Templates to Reject Somebody in Tough Life Situations
A lot of us are people-pleasers. For most of us there is nothing more painful than having to do something that might cause someone else pain- especially if we care for them.
Here’s the thing… at some point we’ll ALL have to play the role of bad guy.
For the greater good of ourselves and others we will have to tell people no and it always has the potential to hurt feelings. Part of life is sifting and sorting through the realities we prefer- some of the things we desire are not right for us at the time or in our current state. Sometimes something much better is waiting for us once the thing we’re so sure want get taken away from us.
No matter how you phrase things the person rejected is likely to feel upset. All you can do is reduce the impact it has on them by emphasising your reasons behind the rejection and giving them the opportunity to improve or find a better fit.
Ultimately most knock-backs happen for the best, but often at the time, it doesn’t feel good at all.
Rather than whip yourself into a frenzy over how you’re going to reject someone kindly, we’ve written 5 High Value Scripts to Reject Somebody in 5 of Life’s Roughest Situations to take the weight off your shoulders.
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At Never the Right Word, our aim is to give you practical examples of how to handle life’s difficult conversations. If you have an awkward situation that you’d like example templates for, request a topic here.
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Hi there! I’m Amy, and I’m the person behind Never the Right Word. I’m a designer-by-day who’s fascinated by human psychology; you’ll find me learning about what makes others tick through all types of media and good old-fashioned conversation.
In 2019 Never the Right Word was born to fill the gap of ‘how-to’ websites with copy and paste examples showing you EXACTLY what you need to say to steer difficult conversations into positive outcomes.
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