Good News/Bad News: you must choose...

Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 03:10 pm
"I've got good news and bad news. Which do you want first?"

so, which is it?
what's your strategy?

i say gimme the bad news first, and get it outta the way.
then comes the reward -- that goooooooooooood news...
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Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 03:24 pm
Usually the whole Good News/Bad News approach puts my back up. Inevitably the "news" is something that is going to require my time and attention--and quite possibly money.

More likely than not, the Question Asker--at least in my neck of the woods--wants me to beg for information. Keep in mind, I'm going to be the person coping with the mess--but the Question Asker treasures the illusion of being in charge.

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Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 05:28 pm
It would depend on how bad the bad news is. It is usually better to have it done with and then get the supposed good news; although, there are times when the good news is (to me) worse than the so called bad.
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Reply Sat 23 Jul, 2005 05:31 pm
wait a minute, there's GOOD NEWS

this concept is foreign to me
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Reply Sun 24 Jul, 2005 08:16 am
Life is short, I'll take the good news first.
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Reply Sun 24 Jul, 2005 11:50 am
Bad news first, get it out there, deal with it.
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 04:52 pm
@Region Philbis,
If I have a place to sit down, then I take the bad news first (like taking off a big band-aid off of my hairy arm.

Get it done quick as possible. Hopefully the good news will then help me deal with the pain from the 'pulled hair.'
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