I cannot be certain how widespread this issue really is, as the correspondent states she is from Texas, but I feel this might be something that some readers deal with regardless of locale.
Dear Lady Hooper-Brackett,
How do I politely say no to a woman who is involved in a multi-level marketing company who continually pesters me to try the latest and greatest product? I have never shown enthusiasm for the products at all, but at every turn she brings up the company, the marketing plan, and actually makes me feel as though there is something wrong with me for not wanting to join. The fact is, she and the other people who sell these products are pushy as hell and I have no desire to be in their company. I am a proper Southern Belle Texas lady, but there are times I want to be rude and tell her to back off.
Had Enough In Houston
Dear Had Enough in Houston,
I’m sorry that you are being seemingly targeted by this enthusiastic person who obviously is passionate about what they do. Their passion, however, should not infringe on your peace and quiet. I see nothing wrong with telling her flatly that while you appreciate her wishing to “spread the word” about products she obviously loves, you do not wish to try them, so please do not ask. Be firm. If she continues on her quest to get you to buy or sign, she is the rude one, and you have every right to remind her that you’ve spoken to her already about your feelings on this company. No is NO.
Socialization should not be a sales pitch. In my opinion, truly effective sales efforts attract and do not attack.
Best Non-Salesy Wishes,
The Lady Hooper-Brackett