Five Tips To Rejecting Someone And Still Keep The Relationship Intact

Rejection can be hard and completely unpleasant to deliver. But, it doesn't necessarily always need to mark the end. Be it a client or a job candidate you simply don't have the time, rejecting someone isn't easy. And, needing to do so when you still want to keep that door open for the future? That's even tougher.
Luckily, below are fews tips you can do when you need to offer a rejection and still keep that relationship intact:

1) Be Honest
Honesty is always the best policy. If you tell that potential client you're too booked for more work, they'll likely be offended when they hear through the grapevine that you actually are taking on new projects.

Similarly, that hopeful job applicant won't be too happy or willing to maintain a connection when the position they thought was on hold is suddenly filled by a smiling new face on your company "about" page.

If you don't want to burn a bridge, you don't want to lose any credibility or trust. So, when it comes to rejection, you have to give reasons and be honest.

2) Provide Reasoning
You might be tempted to keep things short when rejecting someone. However, that person deserves at least a little bit of idea behind your decision, especially if it involves something that they could change or improve. Provide brief reasoning for why you need to pass for now.

However, don't feel the need to over-explain. In the end, rejection is just part of business, and it doesn't necessarily warrant a lengthy rundown or apology.

3) Be Timely
You need to make your best effort to be as prompt as possible. Rejection always stings. But, it can be particularly painful if you were left hanging with no communication for weeks on end.

So, keep that person posted on your progress and as soon as you know you'll be going a different direction, let him or her know. Delaying the inevitable ultimately only makes things worse.

4) Stay in Touch
If your goal was to keep that door open for future opportunities, the ball is in your court when it comes to staying in touch.

As odd as it might seem, that rejection can serve as the launching point for a professional relationship inasmuch as you stay on the track. Send the occasional friendly email with an article you find interesting. Set up a time to catch up over coffee. And, of course, if you do eventually have a suitable opportunity for that person, let him or her know.

5) Be Gracious
You know how bad it can sting to put yourself out there for something and only get shot down. This is exactly why it's important that you genuinely thank that person for his or her time and interest.

Will it take all of the bite out of your bad news? Definitely not. But, the simple act of recognizing their effort and commitment will be appreciated and prove that you're not a heartless person they should cut out of their lives immediately.


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