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How To Say "No"

  • Recruit an Ally: Get someone else in the group to agree with you and reduce the majority.

  • Turn the Tables: Point out that you would not want them to do something which might hurt them since you are their friend. Likewise, you hope they would not want you to do something harmful.

  • Give Alternatives: Name other things you can do instead.

  • Delay a Decision: Tell the group or person “not now”.

  • Know the Truth: Recognize when what they are saying just isn’t true (e.g. “prescription drugs aren’t addictive”).

  • Change the Subject: Talk about something else.

  • Call attention to consequences: “If we smoke up, here’s what might happen...”

  • Say “NO” and mean it with your voice and face.

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