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We show you up to 7 ways to say no in an email and look good. And it is that, sometimes, we end up accepting events for not knowing how to reject an invitation.

You’re focused on finishing a project, and suddenly a new message enters your inbox inviting you to a last minute meeting.

When you see the subject of it, you see that the event is little related to your work, but you do not reject the invitation out of shame or because you do not know how to do it.

Well, that is over. Business Insider has compiled up to 7 ways to say no via email.

Thus, every time you are commissioned with a project that does not correspond to you, ask you for a recommendation or invite you to have a coffee with someone you do not feel like seeing, you can reject it without fear of looking bad.

1. When a colleague sends you extra work

Hello [Companion Name],

Thank you for thinking of me for this project. However, I will have to reject it.

I have a lot of work on my hands and I wouldn’t be able to do my best in [Project Name].

Sorry I couldn’t have been more helpful!

Cheers,

[Your name]

2. When you are invited to a meeting / event

Hello [Friend’s Name],

Thank you for inviting me to the [Event Name] event!

Unfortunately, it will be impossible for me to attend, but thanks for thinking of me.

Hope to see you next time.

Cheers,

[Your name]

3. When they ask you for a favor

Hello [Name of colleague / friend],

How good to hear from you!

I am sorry to tell you that I will not be able to help you out with [the thing he asked you for help with] because [he explains a short and reasonable reason]. I wish you the best with [favor he has asked you].

Have a good week!

Memories,

[Your name]

4. When they ask you for a recommendation

Hello [Name of colleague / friend],

I’m flattered you think of me for this! However, I think I’m not the one for a recommendation of [thing you want a recommendation for] because [write a reasonable reason and offer an alternative or someone you think can help you].

Anything else, you know where to find me.

Cheers,

[Your name]

5. When they ask you if you want to have a coffee to meet you

Hello [Companion Name],

Thanks for thinking of me!

Although I would love to have a coffee with you, my schedule is a bit crowded right now and I don’t have much time for breaks.

Anyway, if you have any questions about [work you do in your job], I will be happy to help you via email.

Cheers,

[Your name]

6. When you want to reject a job offer for which you have been contacted

Hello [recruiter name],

Thanks for getting in contact with me!

I appreciate you thinking of me for this position, but I’m not looking for new job opportunities right now.

I hope you find the perfect candidate soon.

Cheers,

[Your name]

7. When they ask you for a contact

Hello [recruiter name],

How good to hear from you! I hope everything goes well.

Although I know [Person Name], it would not feel good to share his personal information. I hope you understand.

Please feel free to contact me again if there is anything I can help you with, [Recruiter Name].

Have a nice day!

Cheers,

[Your name]

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