Category Archives: Business Advice

How To Enter An Ongoing Conversation Politely

How To Break Into A Discussion By Gene Griessman I heard a guest on CNN use the following power phrase to get into the discussion: “I’m going to differ slightly from the other people on the panel.” Here’s why I … Continue reading

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How To Communicate With Powerful People

How To Communicate With Powerful People By Gene Griessman Sarah Cooper has created a popular Website that’s called the Cooper Review which has recently attracted a lot of attention after being featured in an article in The New Yorker. I … Continue reading

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If You Suffer A Setback Or Painful Defeat, What You Say

What You Say If You Suffer A Setback Or Painful Defeat By Gene Griessman One of my books—-“The Achievement Factors”—tells the story of some of the most successful people of our time. Their names are synonymous with success: US Presidents, … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotation:The Genius Of Compromise   “Zhou Enlai combined utter fluidity with absolute resilience, like water, which espouses instantaneously the shape of whatever container it happens to fill, and never surrenders one atom of its own nature—-in the end, it … Continue reading

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How To Change The Subject

How To Change The Subject           By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Terri Gross,  host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” offers this advice if you’re being interviewed for a job or if you’re on radio or TV and it’s … Continue reading

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One Way To Get An Honest Answer

One Way To Get An Honest Answer Let’s say you’re thinking about buying a new car and haven’t decided whether to get a Toyota, a Nissan, or a Chevy . So you ask a friend who bought a Nissan if … Continue reading

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Verbal Diplomacy:How To Leave Yourself Wiggle Room

What You Say… …if you’re inclined to agree with someone.  You’re not absolutely sure about the facts and want to indicate how you’re leaning but want to leave yourself wiggle room, say: “I haven’t formed a final thought on that … Continue reading

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Bad Advice: If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.”

NEVER SAY…By Gene Griessman  “If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.” This actually should be Seldom say instead of Never say because it is good advice for inhabitants of little villages where everyone knows everything … Continue reading

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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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“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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