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Verbal Diplomacy:How To Leave Yourself Wiggle Room

What You Say… …if you’re inclined to agree with someone.  You’re not absolutely sure about the facts and want to indicate how you’re leaning but want to leave yourself wiggle room, say: “I haven’t formed a final thought on that … Continue reading

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Bad Advice: If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.”

NEVER SAY…By Gene Griessman  “If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.” This actually should be Seldom say instead of Never say because it is good advice for inhabitants of little villages where everyone knows everything … Continue reading

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Creative Procrastination: Great Quotes

In Defense Of Idleness.                                        By Gene Griessman  Procrastination can be a good thing. In fact busyness is all too often creativity’s … Continue reading

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SHOW NO SLIDE BEFORE ITS TIME

SHOW NO SLIDE BEFORE ITS TIME   By Tom Nixon  Sitting in on a presentation recently, I noticed that the speaker had a habit of advancing to the next slide well before he was ready to speak about it. He … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

“Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold power in a representative capacity.” … Continue reading

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Projection: What’s in a Word

Projection: What’s In a Word                                                     By Gene Griessman   Someone is a pathological liar … Continue reading

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Journalism And History: What’s The Difference?

What’s in a word… ”Daily journalism is mostly what just happened; history is what it means.” —Tim Weiner    

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“Closing” a Sale

“Closing” a Sale: What’s In A Word       By Gene Griessman  A salesman recently told me that he doesn’t like the expression “closing” a sale. Said it sounds like manipulation. Said a close is something you do to someone. … Continue reading

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Listen Before You Speak: Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

Before You Speak, Listen By Gene Griessman Abraham Lincoln never questioned the right of his subordinates, or the general public, to say what they thought. In fact he very much wanted to hear what others had to say. His listening … Continue reading

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How To Say You’re Not Interested

A Quick, Polite Way To Say You’re Not Interested In the past I’ve participated in an international house exchange. I like the concept so much that not long ago I contacted a family in Paris that participates in the program. They … Continue reading

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