20 ways to say you’re sorry—and when to use them

An apology is an important tool for crisis communicators these days. See this guide for a comprehensive lists of apology types and scenarios where they are appropriate.

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It seems that apologies are in the headlines every day.

With so many clogging readers’ newsfeeds, these mea culpas are being scrutinized more than ever.

For reasons both internal (legal) and external (public biases against big companies), apologies are one of the hardest things PR pros must communicate. There is no instance where are the words you use are more important than when your company has (or is perceived to have) something to apologize for.

How a company crafts an apology can make or break their reputation.

Here is a compiled this list of 20 starting points for you to have as you navigate any apology:

What to Say

When it’s helpful

When the facts are plainand damning: A full apology must be made when there is no denying you’ve done wrong, and you will be making it right.

When you acknowledge the issue, but you see your role in the issue differently : You must restate the issue at hand and communicate that it’s important to you as well. If you don’t validate that you’re in touch with public perception, you will never make up ground.

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