Bad News

I don’t know many people who are good with delivering bad news. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most humans struggle with bad news. Not only do we struggle with the delivery, we put it off until the “right time” to try to soften the blow.

And we all know what waiting does…

Waiting makes it harder. It adds stress to the person delivering the news. We worry about how the other person is going to take the news. We worry about the right way to say it. In the meantime, the person who is receiving the news adds stress as well. They wait for the news, not knowing if it is good or bad. They don’t know what to do in the interim, what direction to move in or what is the right next step.

The solution is simple. Just deliver the bad news. It makes life easier on everyone. I’m sorry, but it won’t work out. Doing it promptly with as much information as possible will ultimately be appreciated by the receiver of the news. It might not go over well right away, but it will help everyone else move forward.

The ability to give and receive bad news is a skill that we all need to master in life. The sooner we get to it, the easier it is.

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