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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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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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How You Say It: Talk Low

How You Say It: Talk Low      By Gene Griessman “Talk low, talk slow, and don’t say too much.” —Cowboy saying This advice from the American West has come to be associated with the actor John Wayne, who according … 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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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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