Tips for Apologizing

How to Apologize: 10 Essential Steps

Last week, the fundraising site Kickstarter got itself into some pretty hot water over a campaign for a “seduction guide” that a lot of people found offensive and misogynistic. I wasn’t aware of the controversy, but I am a huge fan of the world-class apology they published. It’s a textbook guide on how to apologize. (A few […]

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Our sincere apologies

The Art of the Bad Apology (And a Lesson from Bill Clinton)

There’s nothing worse than a bad apology. Like the non-apology apology (“I’m sorry if you were offended”), which skirts responsibility and essentially blames the victim for being too sensitive. Or the increasingly popular “I didn’t know I was being recorded” apology, which is another way of saying, “I was just saying what I was thinking […]

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For Lawyers, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

Such sad news this weekend. Josh Brent, a Dallas Cowboys football player, got into an accident that killed his best friend. On one hand, it’s another all-too-ordinary story of a drunk driving fatality. But something extraordinary happened. Something you hardly ever see when an individual or a company is accused of a crime. Brent immediately […]

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