What’s the difference between an excuse and an explanation?

Coach Mi Definition:

Explanation – A reason for why something happened.  A process to help the listener understand.

Excuse – An attempt at an explanation, but with the aim of absolving self or others from responsibility.

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Do you offer explanations or excuses?  To the listener, an excuse usually has a hollowness to it, a lack of believability.  So if you’re not sure whether you are giving an explanation or an excuse, put yourself in the shoes of a listener.

By all means explain, but do take responsibility!

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