How to Decline a Business Invitation That You Already Accepted

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Just because you've already accepted a business invitation doesn't mean you actually have to attend. Decline a business invitation that you've already accepted with help from a business consultant in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Alexis Guerreros. I'm a business consultant. Today, I'm going to talk to you how to decline an invitation, especially a business invitation, that you've already accepted. That's a pretty rough position to be in. You've already accepted an invitation maybe to a social event that a business is putting together or something that they may be paying for based on the headcount, and now you have to decline. One of the most important things to do is consider the time involved. You should probably decline immediately, the moment you know that you won't be able to attend the event. So one, time. The more immediate, the better off. The last thing you want to do is wait till the last minute where that person is either expecting you to be there, telling folks you're going to be there, or maybe paying for you to be there. That's important. You want to make sure you do it with the right amount of time involved. The second thing to consider is to explain why. Always be sincere, but explain why. Now if it's personal, let them know. It's personal, you can't get into it, but trust me, I can't make it to the event. If you're sincere, it'll come through and they'll understand why. The next thing to consider is what to do afterwards. Follow up is very important. As with any business transaction. This may be a client of yours, this may be someone who is gone very far to get you to come to this event or to have something prepared for you at this event, it's very important you follow up afterward. Find out how it went, again, express your sincerity, regret, your sincere regret that you weren't able to make it, and see if there's anything else you can do or maybe there' a different event you can go to or maybe have a lunch or something else. Maybe go out and play golf. But make sure that if you decline an invitation that you previously accepted, you do it quickly, you explain why, and you follow up afterwards. Good luck.

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