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This week a man in the UK demonstrated a new and creative way of making an apology to his lover. He parked a van, labeled with a confession, at the intersection of a major thouroughfare.
While we’ll probably never know the outcome of his apology you really do have to give him style points for trying.
The hard thing about apologies is often in knowing whether or not you’ve made a good one.
You’ve probably seen a bad apology before.
Here’s something I’ve learned over the years: If you ever end up having to make an apology for the apology that you just made, then you are probably also, like me, a man.
You’ve probably also been on the recieving end of a bad apology before.
Like that time somebody blamed circumstances or another person.
Or that other time when somebody apologized for “if what I did offended you”.
Maybe they apologized to you by text, email, or twitter.
Sometimes a person’s apology features a giant ” but…” somewhere along the way
Some people think that just saying “sorry”, and then sighing, counts for something.
The fact that you know just what I’m talking about suggests that the state of the American apology is in disarray.
So what does a good apology look like?
Having apologized and failed many times has taught me a good deal about how to make an apology that means something to the offended person.
Follow these 5 tips and you’ll never have to wonder if you simply made a mistake, or you are an actual jerk.