Seth's Blog: What "no" means
What "no" means
I'm too busy I don't trust you This isn't on my list My boss won't let me I'm afraid of moving this forward I'm not the person you think I am I don't have the resources you think I do I'm not the kind of person that does things like this I don't want to open the door to a long-term engagement Thinking about this will cause me to think about other things I just don't want to deal with
What it doesn't mean:
I see the world the way you do, I've carefully considered every element of this proposal and understand it as well as you do and I hate it and I hate you.