Monday, February 14, 2011

The Art of Breaking Bad News

The following apply if there is absolutely nothing to be done. No changing the fact, no last moments to be lost, nothing but informing, no shock to be lessened lest one see it without forewarning.

1. Do not wake a person from a deep sleep.  All you will have done is ensure that they will lay awake upset and worried as opposed to being rested to deal with the news.

2 Do not meet them at the front door and announce the bad news before they can come in, set their things down, and catch their breath All you've done is make homecoming unpleasant and put them on the defensive.

3. See one and two.

Thank you.

1 reflections:

Amy @ babybabylemon said...

Number 2 is the worst. 1 is bad too. They also both insure that the person is not fully listening and you will have to repeat yourself.