Professional advice: To err is human. To move on is Wise.

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Don’t make a big deal of your mistakes.

For example, if you misspeak, don’t acknowledge it by shaking your head or making comments such as “whoops,” “excuse me,” or “I meant to say.” Don’t sound apologetic. Restate it correctly and carry on as if nothing happened. If you do, people will probably forget it after 10 seconds. Over-apologizing comes across as weak and fawning.

If you make a big mistake in your work, give a calm apology, but don’t overdo it. Better yet, go straight to saying what you will do to correct the mistake or how you will avoid it in the future, and put that promise into action. That’s the sincerest way to apologize.

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