Think about the excuses that you and others give (for being late, out of money, unprepared, etc.). Share one of your favorite excuses that either you gave or you received.
Describe the ways that we give excuses, and illustrate how this contributes to defensiveness (for example, saying “Yes, I was ten minutes late” has a different effect than saying, “Yes, I was late, but the traffic was terrible.”).
Provide alternate ways of simply admitting what is true without giving excuses. Explain how this help us cope with criticism.