Most of us probably have someone we need to forgive—or someone that we need to apologize to. August must be the perfect time to do that because August 5 is International Forgiveness Day and August 27 is Global Forgiveness Day. Apologies don’t have to be extravagant. In fact, here are five cheap and creative ways to say you’re sorry.
List it Out - An apology can carry more weight when the person you’ve wronged knows you put some serious thought into it. Make a top five list of why you’re sorry, what the person means to you or how you’ll try to never make the same mistake again. Don’t be afraid to add a little humor into the mix as long as you show your serious side too.
Make a Video - Video apologies can be a great way to communicate your feelings without being put on the spot. Tiger Woods did it. And even the CEO of Netflix has tried a video apology. With a little planning and thought you can say exactly what you need to say without worrying whether the words will come out right or not.
Remind Them of the Good - Your apology may be better received if you try to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Accompany your heartfelt apology with a fun photo montage of happier times. You could even use free editing software like Animoto to tailor your photo collection and set it to meaningful music.
Give Them Their Favorites - We all have our favorites—favorite foods, favorite movies, favorite weekend pastimes. Along with saying “I’m sorry”, whip up their favorite dessert or give them a bouquet of their favorite flowers. Remembering what they like best could help break down some of the barriers that hurt can create.
Use a Formal Apology Form - At BureauofCommication.com you’ll find free official-looking forms to help you express a wide range of situations from thank yous to complaints. But if you’re asking for an apology this could be a great way to communicate it. Fill in some blanks on the Formal Apology Form and decide between sending it through email or sharing it on Facebook. Just remember this important advice—never ruin an apology with an excuse.
By Alison Storm
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