Formal Rejection

A friend pointed out, after reading a few emails I was sending, that I accept a request for help eagerly and informally.

But when rejecting a request for help or an opportunity, I am very formal and direct.

I thought about why I do this.

Over the years I have had to learn to write very pointedly and clearly about saying “no thanks” to people who upon hearing the word “no” go on to think “I obviously didn’t ask hard enough.”

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