Be Direct When Delivering Bad News

October 6, 2017

Dreamstime

When it comes to delivering bad news, the majority of Americans would rather you not beat around the bush and come right out with it.  New research shows that when it comes to receiving bad news, such as losing your job, breaking off a romantic relationship of a death of a loved one, most people prefer directness, candor and very little, if any, buffer, chatter or distractions, which is exactly the opposite of the one delivering bad news.  While most people want you to be direct, there is some situations where you need a little buffer.  For instance, directly saying, "I want to break up" may be too direct and would be better served with a small buffer of "We need to talk."  But if you are one who needs to slide into bad news, make sure you do it quickly.

SOURCE: Eureka Alert

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