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How To Tell Someone Bad News

Watch more How to Improve Your Communication Skills videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Tell someone bad news with grace and tact using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Rehearse the bad news Practice saying the bad news and focus on words or phrases to use and ones to avoid. Step 2: Meet in private Meet somewhere private where you can talk quietly without interruption, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or windowless office. Tip Bring a friend or family member along for comfort if you do not know the person you are talking to very well. Step 3: Find out what they know Find out what the person knows to avoid repeating information and prolonging an uncomfortable situation. Step 4: Get to the point Get right to the point and don't ramble or make small talk. This delays the inevitable and can increase tension. Tip Be as clear as possible when delivering bad news. Avoid using metaphors or euphemisms. Step 5: Comfort the person Comfort the person with a touch when appropriate, but be aware of social or cultural conventions that may make the situation worse. Step 6: Answer questions Make time to answer questions and allow the person to grieve if necessary. Offer a tissue. Did You Know? Positive thinking can lower stress, increase a person's life span, boost their immune system, and reduce their risk of a heart attack.
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