Category Archives: Arguments/How To Argue

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 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 Interrupt Gracefully

If you are interrupted and wish to add a point or if you want to make a point after you have finished speaking and the conversation has moved on, one way to re-enter the conversation is to say: “If I could … Continue reading

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Conflict Management: When Saying Nothing Is A Mistake

When You Should Never Say Nothing By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Most of the time, you won’t get into trouble for what you don’t say. But there’s one big exception. If you have gotten into a heated argument, or a nasty … 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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How To Disagree With Someone That You Like

What You Say To A Friend When You Disagree, and How You Should Say It By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. There was a wonderful example of the right way to disagree with someone that you like during a recent episode of … Continue reading

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Rachel Maddow Shows How To Negotiate, How To Argue

What You Say When You Want To Make A Point Cautiously by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Why in the world would you ever want to make a point cautiously? Benjamin Franklin explained why in his Autobiography,  Just in case you haven’t … Continue reading

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How To Interview: An Example From “Face the Nation”

What You Say When You Want To State Your Position In A Discussion or Interview by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Political talk shows provide excellent examples of ways to express yourself succinctly. This one comes from “Face the Nation.” Bob Schieffer asked … Continue reading

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Agree-Disagree Statement: How To Disagree Courteously

What You Say If You Want To Disagree Courteously by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. If you want to disagree with someone, but want to express only mild disagreement, this post will provide you with a sample disagree-agree statement.  I first heard … 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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