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How to Deliver Bad News

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The best way to deliver bad news is with kindness and sensitivity. Deliver Bad News.

Be sensitive to their feelings

When delivering bad news, it is important to be sensitive to the person’s feelings and emotions. You should also be aware of their cultural background, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and gender (if applicable). Being aware of these things will help you better understand how they feel about the situation at hand.

Apologize profusely

Apologize profusely. Be sincere, specific, and genuine in your apology. If you don’t know what you’re sorry for or how to fix it, ask for help from a trusted person who will give you good advice on what to say when delivering bad news.

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be as direct as possible

The first thing you should do is be as direct as possible. Don’t beat around the bush, don’t be afraid to say the word “cancer,” and make sure whatever you say isn’t too technical or medical jargon-y.

Don’t use words like “remission” or “excellent prognosis.” That’s not how people will take it. Instead, tell them what they need to know: that there’s something wrong with their body; that treatment options exist; and that they may have some unexpected side effects (like weight gain).

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don’t promise anything you can’t deliver

  • Don’t promise anything you can’t deliver.
  • The best way to deliver bad news is to do so in such a way that you’re not making promises, and if the person asks for one, then it’s time for them to get used to being disappointed by your inability to keep those promises.

be positive where you can

  • Remind them of the good things about them.
  • Tell them how much you admire their achievements and successes, even if they were small ones.
  • Acknowledge their strengths in a way that makes it clear how much these things matter to you. For example, “I know that you’re a very strong person,” or “You’ve always been so reliable with your money.”

Respect their decision

When you’re communicating bad news to someone, it’s important to respect their decision. You don’t want them feeling like a failure or like they have no choice but to accept what you have said.

It’s also okay for them not to agree with your opinion and for them not feel obligated by the situation at hand. You do not need the other person’s agreement in order for there to be good communication between two people who are still on good terms after having delivered bad news together—and this even applies if one of those parties is an owner of a company that just went bankrupt!

tell them you’ll stay with them or arrange for someone else to stay with them

If you’re the one who needs to break the news, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Maybe your friend or family member is feeling overwhelmed by it as well and could use some extra support. Or maybe they just want someone else around who’s not going through this with them.

Whatever the case may be, don’t leave them alone when delivering bad news—especially if it’s something really difficult! You’ll want someone there with you when you explain what happened so that no matter how hard it gets, at least both parties can process together in a safe environment where they feel comfortable enough not just talking through their emotions but also sharing thoughts on how things might turn out moving forward (even if those plans are still up in the air).

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You can minimize the pain of delivering bad news by being nice and sensitive.

You can minimize the pain of delivering bad news by being nice and sensitive.

  • Be aware of their feelings and emotions. They might be angry, sad, or scared—and they may not want to hear what you have to say at all if you don’t respect that. Try to see things from their perspective before delivering your message so that they’re more likely to listen carefully when it’s time for them to hear it from you.
  • Be sensitive to their culture, religion and age (if applicable). For example: If a person has just suffered a loss in their family or community; if they live far away from home; if there are cultural differences between yourself and this person (for example: yours is Catholic while theirs is Protestant); etc., these factors could impact how he/she responds emotionally during this difficult conversation with someone else like yourself who also happens know some facts about him/herself such as where he grew up growing up etc.. You should try not use terms like “bad news” because those words tend too strong especially when used by someone who lacks experience dealing with such kinds situations frequently enough.


So that’s it. As you can see, there are many different ways to deliver bad news. Some are more effective than others, and some may not be an option at all for your situation. However, the most important thing is to think about what kind of person you want to be when delivering bad news. You don’t want them thinking negatively about themselves or their life choices because of this difficult time; instead, try to remind yourself that everyone handles these things differently and show them empathy instead!

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