A British Prime Minister Shows Us How To Request Privacy

Word Power: What You Say When You Want To Have A Private Conversation With Someone
By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Have you ever been in a conversation with a group of individuals, but you wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with one of them? But you didn’t know just how to do it diplomatically.

If you’re self-confident, and understand word power, you don’t have to waste a lot of valuable time with inane conversation, hoping you can have a private moment later. You can learn a lesson from the British. Ralph Fiennes, who plays the role of the British Prime Minister, was in such a situation in the superb Masterpiece Contemporary thriller entitled “Page Eight” which aired in November of 2011.

Here’s the power phrase that the Prime Minister used almost effortlessly: “I’m sorry everyone, but we’re going to need some privacy.”

If you want to adapt this power phrase to your situation, with just a slight modification, you can say, “I’m sorry everyone, but Tom and I are going to need some privacy.”

An American variation could be, “I’m sorry everyone, but Tom and I are going to need some privacy. Would you excuse us for a few moments, Catch up with you later (or in a few minutes, or at the bar, at dinner, at the meeting, etc.)”

—Gene Griessman is an award-winning professional speaker, actor, and consultant. His video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, contact us at 404-435-2225 or abe@mindspring.com Learn more about Gene Griessman at presidentlincoln.com and atlantaspeakersbureau.com

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