• “I wish I could”
  • “If I could I would”
  • Don’t respond at all (just look and let the silence speak for you)
  • “I’ll have to give that some thought and get back with you”
  • “I’ve had something else planned for weeks”
  • “I’m just not comfortable saying yes to that”
  • “I need some down time this weekend”
  • “That’s beyond my ability to help”
  • “I’ve got another commitment”
  • “I’ve got a date with my couch”
  • “I have great confidence you don’t need me for that”
  • “It’s my policy to decline these requests”
  • “It’s my policy to wait 24 hours before answering”
  • “It’s someone else’s turn to get this opportunity”
  • “I’m going to be selfish and say no this time”

Ray thinks he can get Diane to cook