"It depends on how long you've been together, but for either a short or longer time, it's good to do it face to face," says Judi James, an expert in personal and business relationships. "The worst case scenario is the phone, but that's fine if you've just been dating. Definitely not by text or e-mail." Jilted bride Not by phone and not at the wedding
If you want to go out somewhere, pick a quiet place for a drink but don't go for dinner - once the news is out, one person is probably not going to be very hungry.
"You can be dumped by the end of the first course and then you have to sit through the second. And the person doing the dumping can eat their way through three courses, but the one being dumped is feeling sick."
The question everyone on the receiving end of this asks is "why?"
"You can tell them the truth, which is you met someone better or you didn't like them anyway, but no-one wants to hear that."
She suggests lying if the truth will hurt. It might be a cliche, but "you're too good for me" can work, allowing the dumpee to leave with some ego intact.
One more cardinal rule, she adds - don't change your Facebook status to "single" before you've had the chat.