Bad-news letters„ Purpose  ƒ To deliver a strategic message that will not please the    targeted individual„ Audience  ƒ U...
Bad-news letters„ Format  ƒ With rare exceptions, one page  ƒ On organization’s stationery  ƒ Single-spaced     ‚ Extra sp...
Bad-news letter format:          HEADER            Organization Letterhead                       123 Front Street         ...
Five-part bad-news letter„ Part I (one paragraph)   ƒ Begin courteously and neutrally.      ‚ Perhaps find common ground t...
Five-part bad-news letter„ Part II (beginning of new paragraph)   ƒ Explain the reasons for the bad news.   ƒ Avoid an abr...
Five-part bad-news letter„ Part IV (end of paragraph)   ƒ Close the paragraph with something neutral or     positive. Don’...
Bad-news letter format:        CLOSINGAgain, thank you very much for your consideration of etc.Sincerely,Your Legible Sign...
Bad-news letters„ Content and organization  ƒ Avoid an unintentionally sexist greeting.     ‚ Is Lynn Jones male or female...
Bad-news letters„ Content and organization   ƒ When you address recipient as “Dear Ms. Jones”      ‚ Place a colon after “...
Tips„ Avoid the pronouns I and you in any negative  sentences — especially the bad-news sentence.„ Don’t be wordy — but do...
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    1. 1. Bad-news letters„ Purpose ƒ To deliver a strategic message that will not please the targeted individual„ Audience ƒ Usually just one person — and, often, you want something from him or her„ Media ƒ Paper; mailed (sometimes e-mail)„ Key to success ƒ Announcement of the explanation before the bad news Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    2. 2. Bad-news letters„ Format ƒ With rare exceptions, one page ƒ On organization’s stationery ƒ Single-spaced ‚ Extra space between paragraphs and elements of the heading ƒ At bottom ‚ cc: ‚ P.S.: ‚ encl. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    3. 3. Bad-news letter format: HEADER Organization Letterhead 123 Front Street Miami, Florida 49876 555-111-2346DateMr./Ms. First and Last NamePerson’s Business TitleName of Person’s OrganizationOrganization’s Street AddressCity, State (no comma) ZIPDear Mr./Ms. Last Name:Text of letter starts here. Flush left, no indent. Single-spaced. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    4. 4. Five-part bad-news letter„ Part I (one paragraph) ƒ Begin courteously and neutrally. ‚ Perhaps find common ground to comment on. ‚ Be polite but not enthusiastic. ‚ Focus on positive relationship, if possible. ‚ If responding to a complaint, apologize — but not in a way that accepts responsibility. ‚ DON’T deliver the bad news. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    5. 5. Five-part bad-news letter„ Part II (beginning of new paragraph) ƒ Explain the reasons for the bad news. ƒ Avoid an abrupt change of tone in this new paragraph.„ Part III (middle of paragraph) ƒ State the bad news. ‚ Be clear and concise. ‚ Avoid a one-sentence paragraph. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    6. 6. Five-part bad-news letter„ Part IV (end of paragraph) ƒ Close the paragraph with something neutral or positive. Don’t let the bad news close the paragraph.„ Part V (new paragraph) ƒ Close courteously and neutrally, but don’t mention the bad news again (don’t apologize). ƒ If appropriate, mention a continuation of the relationship. © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved. Copyright
    7. 7. Bad-news letter format: CLOSINGAgain, thank you very much for your consideration of etc.Sincerely,Your Legible SignatureYour nameYour title Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    8. 8. Bad-news letters„ Content and organization ƒ Avoid an unintentionally sexist greeting. ‚ Is Lynn Jones male or female? ƒ Use Ms. rather than Miss or Mrs. as a courtesy title. ‚ Unless you know that the recipient prefers one of the other titles Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    9. 9. Bad-news letters„ Content and organization ƒ When you address recipient as “Dear Ms. Jones” ‚ Place a colon after “Jones.” ‚ Sign your first and last name at the bottom. ƒ When you address recipient as “Dear Lynn” ‚ Place a comma after “Lynn.” ‚ Sign only your first name at the bottom. ‚ Still type your first and last name (and title) under your signature. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.
    10. 10. Tips„ Avoid the pronouns I and you in any negative sentences — especially the bad-news sentence.„ Don’t be wordy — but don’t be so blunt that you sound rude.„ Never disparage your organization.„ Don’t apologize in a way that accepts blame.„ Avoid clichés.„ Use this organization in bad-news speeches and memos. Copyright © 2012 Pearson Education Inc., All rights reserved.

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