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Video Pick: How to Say "No" When People Want to Pick Your Brain

If you're starting to make a name for yourself in your field, you probably have all sorts of people getting in touch wanting to grab coffee and "chat about your work"—everyone from old friends and colleagues to complete strangers on Twitter. And while we're sure you'd like to be able to help everyone, finding time in your schedule is probably near impossible.

But how do you say no to all these people wanting your attention without sounding mean?

In the short and sassy video, career and life coach Marie Forleo offers three scripts you can use in these situations. Check it out if you're starting to get too many coffee requests, and you'll be on your way to owning your time once again.

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