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I’m sure that you have heard the phrase “don’t talk about politics or religion in polite company.” That is a good rule of thumb, but it doesn’t work for every situation. Sometimes we are faced with negative news on social media and our friends and family want to know what we think. We don’t always want to avoid giving them an answer, so here is some advice: if you are going to share your thoughts on something that could be construed as negative, then try starting with a buffer. Buffer:

I know that it is hard to avoid topics like this, but if you are going to share your thoughts then try starting with something positive or neutral. Exercises: try to write a negative-news message that is organized indirectly and begins with a buffer. Examples of Buffer Statements Include: “It’s hard not to talk about this, but I want you to know why it upsets me.” “I’m sorry if anything in this post makes you uncomfortable.” “This might be difficult for some people, so just keep your thoughts open.” “Don’t let the headline get in the way. Please read on before drawing conclusions.” “Just remember that one bad apple doesn’t spoil everything else!”)

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