How to say no to your friends, family, and family members

I’m sure many of you know that it’s hard to say goodbye when your family members or friends are around, but here are some tips for saying no to people who don’t want to see you.


Don’t bring up the topic.

Most people are not that into talking about their own family, or that they care about you.

So, when someone doesn’t want you around, it doesn’t mean that you should say no.

And it’s okay to say it, and it can be nice to think that you are making a point or that you’re expressing that you care.

If you’re not, that’s fine, too.

But don’t bring it up. 2.

Be specific.

If someone is bringing up the subject of your family, you can use this to your advantage.

Say, “I’m not interested in meeting with you,” “You’re not interested,” or “You should not be talking about me.”



If they want to talk, ask them to stop, and then stop talking, too, instead of talking about you for a while.

You can also make a point by saying, “If I can just get you to stop talking about your family and I can have a good conversation, I’m interested.”


Be careful.

If a friend or family member starts talking about something that isn’t important, like a movie, a birthday, or something about a new cookbook, don’t be shy about saying no.

It can make them feel better, and they may even say something positive.


Don, but be sure.

It’s not just about you, it’s also about the people you are with.

You should always say yes to everyone who wants to talk.

Even if they’re not sure.