Figuring out how to say no
I am trying to figure out how to politely decline a professional networking request. This is someone who I used to work with years ago and have stayed in touch with. He is looking to start a company and wants me to introduce him to people to raise capital. The thing is, I don't really like him or his business idea.
I've helped him think it through a bit - we have a common friend and I did it for her benefit, as a favor - and so I feel that I've done good there. But I don't want to be sucked in to help more and am trying to figure out how to do this politely. We know a lot of professional contacts together, it's not a bridge I can burn.
Do I say I am too busy? (I did once, and then he said ok, how about in a week or so?)
I am so bad at saying no. Really, really bad.