Category Archives: Media Interviews/How To Do Them

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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How To Use A Martial Arts Tactic When You Communicate

Martial Arts Communication  By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You can use a principle from the martial arts to turn verbal attacks into wins for you. It’s well understood that Judo and Karate students learn to turn the energy of an attacker’s thrusts … Continue reading

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How To Disagree: My Favorite Agree-Disagree Statement

What You Say When You Want To Disagree With Someone by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com gives you a choice of power statements that you can use when you are in an argument, or when you are making a presentation, and … Continue reading

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Media Interview Tips From the HBO Movie Review “Game Change”

What You Say When You Are Asked A Tough Question During A Media Interview By Gene Griessman,Ph.D. If you want to know what to do, and what not to do, in a media interview, be sure to watch the HBO … Continue reading

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How To Argue Effectively: Use This Disagree Statement

What You Say When You Disagree, But Don’t Want To Disrupt The Flow Of The Argument by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here’s an effective way to register your disagreement without disrupting the flow of the conversation. The way I discovered this … Continue reading

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Disagree Statement:What You Say When You Don’t Want To Agree

What You Say When You Reach A Stalemate, And Want To Dig In Your Heels by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Have you ever been in an argument, and the individual with whom you were arguing said something like, “I guess we’ll … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate And Win Arguments:Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and John C. Calhoun

What You Say When You Argue and Negotiate: How LINCOLN Did It by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You don’t have to win every single skirmish in a debate or negotiation to be victorious in the end.  In fact, it can be … Continue reading

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How To Disagree: A Lesson From Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France

What You Say When You Want To Tactfully Disagree With A Journalist by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com is continually searching for skillful ways to disagree when someone makes a statement that you don’t accept. We’ve found that comments by experienced … Continue reading

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Your Performance Review: How To Prepare

What You Say At Your Performance Review by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Prepare for an annual (or quarterly) review the same way that an author prepares for a media interview. Create a script Don’t walk into your annual review without preparing. … Continue reading

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How To Disagree In A Conversation Or In A Letter

How To Disagree by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. One of the best ways to improve your verbal skills–which can be used in letter writing or in conversations, arguments, or media interviews—is to listen to interviews with experienced individuals on TV or … Continue reading

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