the guy with the bad news

the guy with the bad news | tips on how to deliver bad news |

We all have been there and we all hated it. Delivering bad news is not something we love to do. But it’s part of work and part of life. Here are a few of those “learning the hard way” life lessons that taught me some golden rules.

don’t procrastinate

As much as you hate being the guy that somebody will want to shoot very soon, do not ever postpone delivering the news! Hoping that the issue will resolve itself or just go away, doesn’t apply. Making the right people aware actually might open a door to find a solution that you didn’t think of. If there is no solution and it’s just the way it is, then just get it over with! Let it out, go home, have a glass of pinot grigio and a long night sleep. I’ve found that the longer I procrastinate, the more it’s eating at me. Don’t do it to yourself and especially not to the person(s) involved. It’s a loose – loose.


Delivering someone bad news in the middle of a company event with your favorite cocktail in your hand is plain disrespectful. Yeah, you want to get this over with, but you have to keep timing, location  and the other person’s dignity in mind.

be honest about the facts

Trying to hide the facts or wrapping shit into a gift box with a big bow on it does not help. It’s tough because you know the kind of reaction you’re going to get, but you have to be honest and detailed about all the facts making sure there is no potential misinterpretation.


This is so important! You’re freaking out about delivering some rough news and you’re going to be witnessing the other party freaking out on you. Don’t cut the other person off. Just by listening you help a lot. Plus the other side will ask some questions and expect some reasonable answers. The conversation might even open a door for a potential solution.


Photos by Rick Robillard
  • Lindsay Ava

    Great post, it's never something you want to do but it's best to get it over and done with as soon as possible, while also still being respectful with timing :)

  • Irene

    great advice! i really like your writing!

  • The Adored Life

    Really, really great advice! It's so hard to deliver bad news!

    The Adored Life

  • Alecia Mariana

    Totally agree with these!! I also hate giving bad news too!!


    La Joie de Vivre

  • Ashley White

    "Wrapping shit into a gift box does not help." HA! And so true, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I agree that delivering bad news is never fun but it's easier for everyone if it's honest.


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Janae Cairns

    SO FUNNY you post this now…I've been having LOTSA these kinda days at work and I struggle being PC because I am very black/white..I just want to deliver and move on…but I need to finesse my delivery – I should find a class for this! lol