Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Life gets busy!

Everyone is so distracted.

Sometimes we get a message from someone by email, phone, or text and we read it or listen to it but we forget to reply.

What can you do if this happens to you?

If you don’t say the right thing you might lose the connection between you and the other person.

Today find out how to apologize for not getting back to someone for a while without losing the connection.


What are some reasons that you might not get back to someone?

  • You forget to reply
  • You are too busy to reply
  • You miss their message and don’t see it at all


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Everyone makes mistakes but you must acknowledge that you made a mistake and make sure that the person knows that you care.


Keys to success:

  1. Be honest
  2. Really emphasize the apology
  3. Give your excuse when appropriate
  4. Move on (don’t dwell on it)


Phrases to apologize for not getting back to someone:

  • Hey, I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier. It’s been so busy around here, but I’m sorry! (written to a friend or spoken)
  • Oh my gosh, I just realized I didn’t respond to your message! I’m so sorry!
  • Oh no, I completely missed responding to your message, didn’t I? I’m really sorry about that.
  • Ugh, I’m sorry I’m such a flake. I just noticed I didn’t respond to your message.
  • Oh my gosh. I responded in my head but I never wrote you back!
  • I apologize for my delayed response. (Professional, written)


Learn more about how to apologize!

Learn the art of apologizing at work


Have you used these phrases before?

Let us know how they worked for you.

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