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“Conclusion Jumping” is NOT an Olympic Event

by | Apr 27, 2021 | 2 comments

But we are all gold medalists of this sport.

You give a good speech. One audience member nods off. You leap to, “I’m a bad presenter.”

You email an interested prospect. You get no reply. You leap to, “They’re not buying.”

You lose your sunglasses. You leap to, “The car valet service stole them.”

  • No. You are a good speaker. That audience member had chemo four days earlier.
  • No. Your email pitch resonates but the buyer is overwhelmed.
  • No. You discover two days later that your sunglasses are hiding under the passenger seat.

Welcome to a sport you play without even practicing: “Conclusion Jumping”™ … the art of deciding something without having all the facts.

When you do “Conclusion Jumping”™ you create communication obstacles. With insufficient information you assume (my least favorite word) an unwarranted conclusion that may negate your objectives/goals/message.

Train your brain to:

  • Slow down your reasoning process instead of immediately accepting that your intuition is necessarily true.
  • Collect as much information as possible before forming an initial hypothesis.
  • Look for the nuance. Is there background data that can help explain the current situation?

Ok. Go ahead. Practice for the High Jump. Or the Long Jump. Work on your Gymnastics Vault Jump.

Just don’t Jump to Conclusions.


Thanks to @DailyWalker for this blog’s inspiration.


© 2021 Karen Cortell Reisman, All rights reserved

Karen Cortell Reisman book on sellingKaren Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 2 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, #AlbertEinstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

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  1. Michael Gallant

    I jumped to a conclusion once but tripped on my prejudice and got tangled up on my assumptions

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      VERY clever… and unfortunately quite true. Thanks, Michael, for your comment!

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