A Long Excuse

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A Long Excuse

“The longer the excuse, the less likely it’s the truth.”

Robert Half 1918 – 2001, American Businessman

 

As I see it . . . . . . .

 

A long excuse

 

I would say a long excuse is always interesting . . . .

 

The longer the excuse becomes the wider the gap becomes between the truth and the excuse. In fact some excuses would make a miniseries on TV.

 

What’s interesting is some people will put in more time and effort into creating the excuse, then in doing what had to be done right . . . .  the first time.

 

When you start to hear a long excuse for whatever it is . . . . The excuse is creating a long and slippery path . . . . and the other person is asking you to take the journey with them.

 

I can tell you from past experiences . . . . that’s not a journey that you want to take.

 

When the long excuse comes into the conversation . . . . the other person is trying to mislead you and misdirect your thinking in the wrong direction.

 

The best way to defuse a long excuse is to ask specific questions . . . . to gather the information that you need to make a good decision. Also when the other person starts to ramble at the first opportunity either restate your question . . . . or ask a question to get a direct answer to get them back on track.

 

A long excuse . . . . is only  talking points with weak substance. Stay focus on asking questions that will lead the person to answer the question directly. One of two things will happen as a result of your questions . . . . you will get answer . . . . or the other person will lose the composure and look reality bad.

 

©2014 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I would agree with this.

The long excuse is made on the fly and gets to technical.

May 05, 2014 09:40 AM #1
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Kathleen Daniels
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Lou, No excuse is a good excuse in my book. I say, tell it the way it is. Get the monster out of the closet and face it square on. I agree, the longer the tale ... the greater the distance from the truth. 

May 05, 2014 11:05 AM #2
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Lou, I completely agree and short and to the point is best when it comes to the truth. Have a fantastic week!

May 05, 2014 11:29 AM #3
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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
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Lou,

Wow! That's not something we think about often...but it is true.

Rich

May 05, 2014 11:57 AM #4
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
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Lou,

This is so true.  The larger the gap, the further from the truth a person gets.  Thanks for the pointers on how to get the truth by defusing the long excuse.  Very interesting post!

May 05, 2014 01:21 PM #5
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Sharon Parisi
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I agree with this. It has been said many times that "the less said the better."

May 05, 2014 03:31 PM #6
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Richard and Beth Witt
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Reminds me of Wayne Dyer's book "Excuses Be Gone"... I for one have little use for excuses... Enjoyed your post Lou

May 06, 2014 06:00 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Short and simple is the way to go. So many examples.

May 06, 2018 07:12 AM #8
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