Tag Archives: Lincoln on Communication

Politifact, the Truth-O-Meter and Obama

What You Say When You’re Asked About Politifact and the Truth-O-Meter by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. From the forthcoming book Lincoln and Obama. We recommend you say that it can’t always be trusted. The U.S. does  need a fact-checker, an honest-to-God, … 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 From “The Good Wife”

Word Power in Action: What you say when you delegate authority but want to stay involved By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Two partners at a big law firm are on the phone in a new episode of the CBS hit show … 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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Lessons From Lincoln’s Farewell Address

Lessons From Lincoln: What You Say When You Give A Heartfelt Speech By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “It is a gem that rightly took its place as one of the greatest of his speeches, but that is seldom recognized for what … Continue reading

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The Children of Immigrants: Scapegoats or Treasures?

Simple Simon Says The Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Be Treated Like Criminals By Simple Simon The other day Simple Simon read about plight of an honor student–let’s call her Lisa.  Lisa is a senior at a state … 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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A Stunning One-Liner from “Mad Men”

What You Say To A Rude, and Stupid, Employee By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com is a big fan of “Mad Men.” In a recent episode, there’s a memorable one-liner that we hope you never have occasion to use.  And even … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Jokes About Soldiers and War

Abraham Lincoln’s Humor: Two Stories About Soldiers and War By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Few topics were off-limits for Abraham Lincoln’s humor—death, sex, race, defecation, patriotism, preachers, religion in general, politicians, war. You name it. The topics that “proper” and “refined” … Continue reading

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Word Power: What You Say When You Want To Describe An Impossible Task

A Powerful Phrase You Can Use To Describe A Task That’s Exceedingly Difficult or Impossible By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here’s are some useful words you can add to your vocabulary. Recently Steve Karnacki, a senior writer at Solon.com, was a … Continue reading

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