It’s always so awkward when someone asks for your number and you don’t want to give it to them. You have to decide what excuse you’re going to use and hope they handle the rejection well. It’s never fun to be the one getting shot down, so here are some ways to let them down gently and save them embarrassment while protecting yourself.
- The direct approach - This is really the best answer and people appreciate it the most. Keep it short, sweet, and real by simply saying: “Thanks, but I’m not interested.”
- Tell them it’s just bad timing - This works because it’s not a flat out rejection of them, it puts it back on you. Try saying something like: "Thanks, that's nice of you, but I'm actually not in a good place to date right now. So I have to say no."
- Stranger danger - Most people will understand if you tell them: "I'm sorry, but I don’t give out my number to people I just met anymore. I had a really bad experience in the past."
- Offer an alternative - This subtle rejection isn’t a hard no, but it still protects your privacy if you just flip the script by saying, "You know what? I don't actually give out my number anymore, but I would be happy to take yours."
- Keep your tone casual - It doesn’t get easier than a friendly, "Nah, thanks though.”
- Give it up to Google - Plan ahead by signing up for a Google Voice account and save the number to be your own personal rejection hotline. This works well for someone who just won’t take no for an answer, so you can tell them: "Sure, here's my number: [insert your Google Voice number].” And the best part? It’s really easy to block them if you decide to later.
Source: Elite Daily