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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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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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What You Say If Your Joke Bombs

HOW TO RECOVER IF YOUR JOKE OR ACTIVITY BOMBS By Gene Griessman I watched Bronkar Lee, who’s a professional entertainer and speaker, tell a joke that bombed. There was silence in the room, the kind of funereal quietness that descends … Continue reading

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What Poetry Is And Does

Poetry will not be rushed, is multifaceted, can be plain or mysterious, looks beneath surfaces, ponders things grand and mundane, finds and expresses itself in rhythms and cadences, quickens the imagination, seeks to please the eye and the ear and … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln, Poet

Lincoln is a poetic man. Reads it.Rereads it. Writes it. Recites it. Quotes it. Exposes his soul to it. Delights in it. Is counseled by it. Poetry will not be rushed, is multifaceted, can be plain or mysterious, looks beneath … Continue reading

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Finish this day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow will be a new day. You shall begin it … Continue reading

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Gun Control

What you say to opponents of gun laws By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Statement: We need military-style weapons to avoid tyranny. What you say; The Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Canada, and Australia, to name just a few democracies, ban assault weapons, … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln Criticize the Supreme Court

Special announcement During the next few weeks I will cut back on my posts and tweets.   Am hard at work on a new book about Lincoln, and hope that you will continue to visit the website. As a way of … Continue reading

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Delegation Advice

What you say when you delegate authority and want to stay involved Two partners at a big law firm are on the phone in an episode of the CBS classic “The Good Wife.” One partner is heavily involved in another … Continue reading

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History Lessons on Memorial Day

History Lessons on Memorial Day By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. A nation that does not know its past is ignorant, Teach it. A nation that lives in its past is asleep. Awaken it. A nation that does not learn from its … Continue reading

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