A few years ago I made a fool of myself. I misrepresented some information and put a leader I looked up to in a bad spot. Two weeks later, I was called out. Boy did I feel like a douche.

Luckily for me, this gentlemen was kind enough to walk me through the art of a sincere apology.

Sincerity is not to say everything you think, but to mean everything you say.

As a business person, leader, influencer, or employee it's likely you will have your fair share of blunders. We're broken people. But even then, we must learn the skills to step into the pain, to feel how they feel, and to come to a place where our hearts authentically desire to mend what was broken. The video below, though a bit humorous, did a fantastic job of cover these basics.

3 Keys To A Sincere Apology

  1. Acknowledgement
  2. Explanation
  3. Expression of Remorse

What have you learned about apologies? What do you struggle with when having to give them? Let me know in the comments below.


8 thoughts on “3 Keys To A Sincere Apology

  1. Jai says:

    Quite honestly, I have learned that I am remarkably more sincere in most of my human connections and interactions in the more recent years as my life roles have evolved to wife and mother to three very young spirited kiddos. I am always reflectivity affected by their individual personalities that infuse ‘let your poise down’ humor; ‘my friend de-friended me today’ empathy; and organic ‘doesn’t have to come in box’ creativity into my much more sincere life and leadership, often checked by the 3 kiddos under 6 model. 🙂

  2. hope says:

    Never say “I’m sorry, but…” The “but” completely erases everything that came before it.

  3. Sariah Shepherd says:

    My narcissist mother’s form of apology is this; “I’m sorry YOU feel that way!!” …for this reason and more is why I am estranged from her and the rest of my family.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I struggle with apology bcz most ppl doesn’t acknowledge the sincerity . Personally, I get angry when I try to be sincere and havig to be ignored during an apology. So I give it anyway without the remorse feeling afterwards. If it’s not accepted, then so be it!

  5. Henry Ukazu says:

    I was a victim of insincere apolgy last week and now I have learnt a lot from your teachings. Thanks

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