In the previous lesson, we had learned how to structure a refusal. In this lesson, we learn how to deal with someone being persistent in their request. The ‘Broken Record Technique’ which we highlight here can help you in such situations.
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Ravi is working in his office…
Reema, Ravi’s manager enters his cabin…
…she needs Ravi’s help…
Reema: Hey Ravi, I need a job done.
Ravi: I would love to do it. When do you want it done?
Ravi: Today looks difficult. Could I do it tomorrow?
Reema: Do this for me, pleeeaase.
Ravi: I would love to, but I already have prior deliverables that I have committed to. So, may I take this on tomorrow?
Reema: You are saying no to me?
Ravi: All that I am saying is that I can only do it tomorrow, as much as I would love to help.
Reema: You are so unhelpful. Anybody else in your place would have agreed to
Ravi: I will do what you ask me to, Only please allow me till tomorrow, since I have some prior commitments.
Reema: Is there nothing that you can do to help me today?
Ravi: At best I could give you some directions for you to follow and complete the task by yourself…
Ravi: …However, if you want me to do it then please allow me till tomorrow.
Reema: Ok. Then I will just have to wait till tomorrow.