Saying No to a Second Date

There are few things more awkward than turning down a second date. Whether you’ve decided that the person isn’t your type, or that you just don’t feel chemistry, it can be difficult to know exactly how to handle the situation. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few tips and tricks for saying no to a second date while still keeping the conversation respectful and polite.

Be Honest and Respectful

The most important thing when rejecting someone is to be honest about why you don’t want to go on another date. It is never appropriate or necessary to make up an excuse or lie about why you don’t want to see them again. Instead, be honest with them – they will appreciate the fact that you are being upfront with them even if it means having an uncomfortable conversation.

It is also important that you remain respectful throughout this conversation. Try not to criticize or belittle the other person; instead, focus on highlighting the things which didn’t work out for either of you and expressing your appreciation for their time and effort in getting to know you.

Keep It Short and Sweet

When saying no to another date, it is best not linger too long on the subject as this can cause unnecessary discomfort for both parties involved. Instead, try to keep your response brief – just enough so they understand why this isn’t going any further but without drawing out the conversation any longer than necessary. You could try something along the lines of “I really enjoyed getting to know you but I think we should leave it here.” This allows both people involved some closure without making either party feel uncomfortable.

Offer Closure

Regardless of how clear your answer may seem, it’s always best practice to offer closure at the end of your conversation. For example, thank them for taking the time get get to know each other before politely ending the conversation with something like “It was nice meeting you”. This ensures that both sides walk away from this experience feeling respected and appreciated despite not wanting take things any further.


Saying no doesn’t have be hard or awkward! With these tips in mind, navigating through conversations about turning down a second date can become much easier for all parties involved – allowing everyone involved in this experience a chance walk away feeling respected and valued regardless of where things ended up going from there. So remember: Be honest, stay respectful, keep it short and sweet, and always offer closure! Good luck!