Why do we get offended by words?
The words we use are not polite or impolite in and by themselves. The taking of offence – or feeling offended – often involves an experience of negative emotions caused by a word or an action which is in conflict with what we expect and believe to be the right, appropriate, moral and acceptable behaviour.
How do you refuse without offending?
Deny the request, not the person. In your mind and words, make it clear that you’re denying the request, not the person. Look the person in the eye, smile genuinely and explain why you’re denying the request. Understand that the guilt you feel is self-created.
How do you say no diplomatically?
I reminded her of four steps that can guide her to saying “no” diplomatically:You don’t actually owe the requester anything.Remember why someone asked you for the favor.Reclaim your time.Refer them to someone else.
How do you say not interested nicely?
How to Say “Not Interested” Nicely?Always affirm. Affirm how much it means that they invited us; acknowledge how much you admire them.Then say no. Then check in with yourself so you can clarify your no. End with thanks. Thank them for having thought of us, for reaching out, and encourage them in any way that feels kind.