Summary of “How to stop apologizing”

Though often attributed to women, apologizing isn’t just a female problem.
What makes some of us fall into this counterproductive habit? It might be performance anxiety, such as our first day on a new job, or when we lack confidence in our ability to run with the “Big dogs.” It’s almost as if we’re apologizing for taking up space, which is no way to make a good impression on a job or with a client.
The over-apology habit may begin innocently when we spontaneously apologize for a real offense.
If you’re constantly apologizing for what you can’t control, try this: “I know I’ve had to reschedule this meeting several times. Thank you for understanding.”
Case study: How to spot when you do need to apologize.
Someone who knows when and how to apologize appropriately has a huge advantage in the empathy column.
Try taking a friend or trusted coworker into your confidence about what you’re trying to accomplish, and agree on a high sign she can give you if she hears you apologizing unnecessarily.
Bottom line: Don’t apologize unnecessarily-know how to recognize when a sincere apology is necessary.

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