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The Apology Dilemma: Why Is It So Hard to Say ‘I’m Sorry’?

“I’m sorry” are two teeny, tiny words critical to maintaining relationships and resolving conflicts. Yet, many of us find them very hard, if not impossible, to say. Resistance to admitting mistakes and making amends is not new, but in the past decade, we have seen a significant rise in the number of political and corporate leaders, media personalities, and yes, even beloved family members refusing to admit fault and unable to offer apologies. 

Just Say “I’m Sorry” is the companion piece to last month’s newsletter on elevating those difficult conversations. You’ll find suggestions along with personal examples on how to admit your mistakes and apologize with authentic vocabulary that communicates honest, impactful conciliation. 

Be Better at saying “I’m sorry” with the following:

There are a multitude of ways to express an apology, and depending on the situation, you may choose to do it in person, by phone, or in writing via email or text. Whether it’s a professional or personal one, remember that apologizing is not a sign of weakness, but rather shows strength of character, accountability, and respect for others. It helps in healing and creating a positive and productive relationship going forward.

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