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Questions about how best to approach saying "no", or declining requests. Please explain in your question why just saying "no" is not sufficient.

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I have experienced similar situations often - not just with myself but with friends who work in various forms of media too. People who do actually create great books, music, art etc are usually a bit …
answered Apr 13 '18 by Astralbee
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Background I had a similar experience - a school friend, who I respected, but did not find it easy to get along with, obviously found his home life with his parents restrictive and difficult. He had …
answered Jul 1 '19 by Astralbee
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I feel the problem is your response is too 'personal'. When you say.... "your team has enough html skills to edit these objects, so please assign this task to someone in your team." .... it s …
answered Jan 29 '18 by Astralbee
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Your question is very specifically about saying no whilst a guest in someone else's house. We all find ourselves in situations that are uncomfortable. When we do, we have a choice - stay out of polit …
answered Mar 19 '18 by Astralbee
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I have worked in IT for 17 years, I can promise you it never goes away. Over the years I have built up a collection of standard responses: Can you fix my computer? That's not the area of computing …
answered Jan 12 '18 by Astralbee
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It should not be difficult to convince a true friend that you have made a firm decision on any matter. Friends understand each others differences. Points that you raise in your post show they are frie …
answered Mar 15 '18 by Astralbee
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I also moved into a more specialist area of ICT after nearly 2 decades working in support, so I can understand your situation very well. Support is such a wide field that is always changing. I often f …
answered Sep 13 '18 by Astralbee
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I'm pleased to read that you don't mind her mentioning your ethnicity. It would be so easy for you to use that angle to get her to stop saying it, but she could end up feeling that you are accusing he …
answered Nov 19 '18 by Astralbee
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Your feelings on smoking come from listening to your conscience. It sounds corny, but if you personify your conscience it can help explain to someone why you are making a particular stand. So rather t …
answered Nov 23 '17 by Astralbee
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I noticed that you called them a "client", not an "employer". Being self-employed makes the situation quite different from that if you were under a contract of employment. When you work for an employ …
answered Dec 6 '18 by Astralbee
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How can I tell him I'm not interested in a romantic relationship and hopefully make him stop sending those uncomfortable messages? That may seem like one goal to you, but probably two entirely se …
answered Apr 2 '19 by Astralbee
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I don't claim to know much about Indian culture, and the speed at which he asked for you to marry him (only "days" after regaining contact with you) will be surprising to most people of a Western cult …
answered Sep 28 '18 by Astralbee
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On one hand, I kind of get this. You wouldn't kiss someone you were in a relationship with if they hadn't brushed their teeth properly, and you have raised a possible hygiene issue with braces. But on …
answered Feb 4 '19 by Astralbee
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There really is no such thing as "a child whose life you have no part in". I'm no expert on family law but even if you could sign away your rights and someone else 'adopt' that child, everybody shoul …
answered Jan 11 '18 by Astralbee
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I mean this in the nicest way possible - there are some superfluous details in your question. The fact you met him through a church you no longer attend, and your own introversion are not really anyth …
answered Sep 24 '18 by Astralbee

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