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How to Politely Say No to a Request

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Our expert: David Rubenstein, billionaire cofounder of the Carlyle Group, a private-equity firm, and a philanthropist whose donations have benefited the National Zoo, the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and other local institutions.

“Greetings,” wrote Christopher Ullman, director of global communications for the Carlyle Group, in an e-mail reply to our request to ask Rubenstein how he politely turns down some of the many requests he gets. “David asked me to get back to you. He appreciates your interest in his views on this subject but will decline. We wish you well with the story.”

Read more advice, tips, and tricks from Washington natives in our Secrets of the City package.

This article appears in our January 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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