Your response to this discussion is due by this week Friday before midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).
You are also asked to respond to at least one other student in the class on his or her response.
Your response to your fellow student is due by this week Sunday before midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).
For this discussion, please refer to “Writing a Bad News Message,” which was one of the reading materials for week 7. You should also review the link from Purdue University on “Examples of Bad News Memos,” which is one of the reading resources for week 8.
Step 1: Post your research report as a Word or rtf attachment (this is so a classmate can read it); DONT DO THIS BONFACE
Step 2: Choose a classmate’s research report and post a response telling him/her that you are reading his/her report – only 1 reader for each report, please;
Step 3: Write a memo to tell the person whose report you have read that the company/community/etc. WILL NOT be implementing the recommended solution to the problem he/she has proposed. You will have to be creative in offering reasons why the solution cannot be implemented (money, opposition from stock holders, higher command or management, etc., are typical reasons for such decisions). Here is a helpful explanation of how to handle such a memo:
Post your memo as your second response to the person you have chosen.
This exercise gives you practice in one of business/professional writing’s toughest tasks – saying no.
Remember, try to follow the advice from “Writing a Bad News Message.” Saying no to a request is difficult, but with the strategies you’ll learn in the readings mentioned above, you’ll be able to convey the message effectively.
Doing this should give you all the knowledge you need to give your classmate bad news. 🙂
Please note that you will not be able to see other students’ responses to this discussion topic until you post your response.