No, I can’t meet with you, no I don’t want to donate here, no I can’t give you anymore discount. I’m sorry, but no, I can’t.
You try and try again, through manipulation, trickery and a good tantrum. In the short term, you might get an yes. But the first instance I can, I will run away.
No is hard to accept. It requires emotional labour, understanding and empathy, but in the long run, the door will be open for you.
Because “I see you” is what we all really crave for.