No lies required.

By Blake Bakkila
August 08, 2017

We’ve all been there: It’s 6:23 p.m. and you have 37 minutes to decide whether you’re up for the get-together you planned weeks ago with an old friend from college. If you’re ready to cancel, think before you text. In fact, don’t text at all, says Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert, author of Modern Etiquette for a Better Lifeand founder of The Protocol School of Texas.

And while it’s entirely understandable to not feel in the mood to socialize, saying “no” to a friend, colleague, or relative comes with specific challenges. To help tackle our canceling quandaries, Gottsman shared some guidelines to follow when you’re more interested in a last-minute night-in. Keep your relationships (and sanity) intact, and see below for her guilt-free guide to canceling.


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