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Like everything else about PLORK philosophy, have fun with these!
1. "I'm sorry. Thatís not a priority for me right now."
2. "I can't help you on this now, but I can get to it next week. Would that be okay?"
3. "I have so much on my plate now I don't know when I can get to it. But I do know someone over here who can help you now."
4. "Before I take this on for you, let me show you a few things so that you might be able to do it yourself."
5. "I have made so many commitments to others, it would be unfair to them and you if I took on anything more at this point."
6. "If I can't give you a ride to school dance on Friday, how else would you get there safely?"
7. "I don't know how soon I can help you on this, but I will get back to you as soon as I am free to help you."
8. "I'm sure we're close enough that when I say "no" you'll understand itís for a good reason."
9. "Sure I can help you with your request as long as we both agree and understand that item I agreed to do for you yesterday is going to have to wait."
10. "Before I take this over from you, what do you think we ought to do about it?"
11. "I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, I can do that for you. The bad news is, I'm so overloaded with everything else, I've become delirious and have been lying about my commitments."
12. "When I get overwhelmed like I am now, I remove every third person who asks me for something, from my "Good Friends List" and second person just left."
14. "Thanks for thinking to ask me, but, no thanks."
15. "I would like to help you out on this but I don't have resources available to do right job for you."
16. "Now thatís type of thing I would love to help you on if only I had time."
17. "Just like you, I get overloaded sometimes and have to tell some very special people, "no". This is one of those times."
Best Regards, Robert Brents, "The 80/20 Guy" http://www.RobertBrents.com For your free four-lesson e-seminar, How To Write, Publish, Market & Promote Profitable How-To Manuals, email mailto:email@example.com Copyright 2001 Robert Brents and Blue Gecko Press.