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How to Say ‘No’ After You’ve Already Said ‘Yes’

Everyone overcommits to something at some point. Marie Forleo offers a video at her website for deciding whether to cancel a commitment, and if so, how to do it.

<h2>Hot and Cold, Yes and No

Forleo says that if you are the type of person who is always flaking, then you should not be saying no in the first place. If you really do need to back out though, Forleo provides an actual script of sorts you can recite, in which you explain that your availability from the time you said yes till now has changed. With your reduced availability, you know you would no longer be able to give your best work, which is not fair to the project at hand. It is all true, and that is what makes it effective. You can view Forleo’s thoughts here: http://www.marieforleo.com/2014/05/backing-out-gracefully/

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