• First Oakville Toastmasters

Running Late

Hi Everybody:

Val’s question last night “is running late an issue” (and, more importantly, the answer) I find very, very interesting:

There was a general assumption that timing was a fairly serious issue.  Personally, I don’t feel that strongly about it, but I felt others did so I went along with it.  (And, btw, I, personally, feel we shouldn’t be careless about it either, also; there is a  balance).

Yet, this assumption was never investigated until Val raised it as a question.

And, when she did, the answer was not at all what the club expected, I suspect – strongly by a 2 to 1 margin “no” (I certainly was quite surprised).

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Key Lesson Of The Meeting:  always, when possible, gather the facts directly – avoid assumptions, pre-conceived ideas.  Things may not be what you think/assume.

I’m sure we all have had this thought/message given to us at various points in the past – ‘avoid assumptions’, yet we, as  humans, continue to do it – take dubious intellectual shortcuts unconsciously.

This is not to say that conscious, verified, accepted, documented assumptions are bad, but unconscious ones definitely are – they are never verified, never explicitly thought about, inherently invisible and may be wrong.  And if they’re wrong, you’re off on a tangent, potentially wasting  a lot of time.


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