No, but thank you.
No thanks. It was delicious, but I’ve already eaten too much.
Not now but another time. Maybe we can go on Saturday?
I’d like to but I have to work late this evening.
I wish I could but, unfortunately, I already have plans that night.
Nope. I don’t have time. Maybe tomorrow.
No way. (This is like saying, “No. There’s no chance I would ever do that!”)
I’m sorry but we won’t be able to make that compromise.
I would love to/like to but our company has a holiday party that night.
I’m afraid that I’m not available on Tuesday.
No, I’m sorry to say that we aren’t able to change the time of the meeting.
I wish I could but I’m unable to make that kind of compromise.
We appreciate the offer, however, this is not a good time for us.
I’m afraid I can’t meet you today. How about tomorrow?
No thanks, I won’t be able to make it.
Not this time.
No way, Jose.
Regrettably, I'm not able to.
It's that time of the year when I must say no.
It's a Wednesday. I have a "No on Wednesday" policy.
Ask me in a year.
I know someone that might be a fit for that. I'll email you their information.
You're so kind to think of me, but I can't.
Maybe another time.
Sounds great, but I can’t commit.
Rats! Would’ve loved to.
Perhaps next season when things clear up.
I’m at the end of my rope right now so have to take a rain-check.
If only it worked.
I’ll need to bow out.
I’m going to have to exert my NO muscle on this one.
I’m taking some time.
Thanks for thinking of me, but I can’t.
I’m in a season of NO.
I’m not the girl for you on this one.
I’m learning to limit my commitments.
I’m not taking on new things.
Another time might work.
It doesn’t sound like the right fit.
I'm RESTing right now.
I’m not sure I’m the best for it.
No thank you, but it sounds lovely.
It sounds like you’re looking for something I’m unable to give right now.
I believe I wouldn’t fit the bill, sorry.
It’s not a good idea for me.
I’m trying to cut back.
I won’t be able to help.
If only I had a clone!
I’m not able to set aside the time needed.
I won’t be able to dedicate the time I need to it.
I’m head-down right now on a project, so won’t be able to.
I wish there were two of me!
I’m honored, but can’t.
I’m booked into something else.
I’m not able to make that time.
Thanks, but no thanks.
I’m not able to make it this week/month/year.
I’ve got too much on my plate right now.
I’m not taking on anything else right now.
Bandwidth is low, so I won’t be able to make it work.
I wish I could make it work.
I wish I were able to.
If only I could!
I’d love to — but can’t.
Darn! Not able to fit it in.
No thanks, I have another commitment.
Unfortunately, it’s not a good time.
Sadly I have something else.
I have something else. Sorry.
Apologies, but I can’t make it.
Thank you so much for asking. Can you keep me on your list for next year?
I’m flattered you considered me, but unfortunately, I’ll have to pass this time.
And my favorite, “Oh I wish I could help but you know, I bet Claire could help you with that.”
Thank you for thinking of me. Unfortunately, it’s just not a match.
No, sorry, that’s not really my thing
Can I get back to you on that?
No, I’d rather you didn’t, but thanks anyway
I can't make it work.
It just won't fit right now.
I'm really buckling down on my priorities right now, so I can't.
Sorry, no can do.
I only say ‘yes’ to very select opportunities, and unfortunately this doesn't meet my criteria.
The demands would be too much for me.
It's not feasible for me to take this on.
I wish I had all the time in the world.
My body double can.
In another life.
My advisors won't agree to it.
I'm not the person you're looking for.
I don't have an iota of bandwidth left in my brain.
N to the O.
Sadly, I have something else going on.
I have another commitment.
I’m afraid I can’t.
I don't have the bandwidth for that right now.
I’m honored you asked me, but I simply can’t.
Thanks for thinking of me. However, I’m not able to.
I’m sorry, I’m not able to fit this in.
Unfortunately, I already have plans. Maybe next time!
No, thank you, but it sounds lovely.
How to say no to others (and why you shouldn't feel guilty)
N.O. No. Two simple letters. One simple word. But why is it sometimes so difficult to say no? For many people, saying no is packed with guilt. Maybe you're afraid of disappointing someone. Maybe you're anxious to turn down your boss. Or maybe you're a people pleaser.