Bad News Breakers

Walk the walk and talk the talk...those dreaded convos just got easier.

Show up in person.

Tempting as it may be to e-mail or have a one-way conversation with an answering machine, talking face-to-face shows respect, especially if you're discussing the loss of a job or relationship. Also, an e-mail or voice message is easy to misinterpret, whereas when you're physically with someone, you can explain or clarify immediately so there's less room for misunderstanding, according to Judith Bram Murphy, PhD, a Manhattan clinical psychologist who also does executive coaching.