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“Due to a prior commitment” How To Use It

 How To Decline An Invitation One of the best ways to decline an invitation is to use a variation of “prior commitment” or “previous commitment” in your response. I personally prefer “Unfortunately I have a conflict.” These are some of … Continue reading

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Parenting:If Your Kids Say They’re Bored

Parental Advice: If Your Kids Say They’re Bored If you’re a parent, you’ve doubtless heard it scores of times: “I’m bored.” I just read a thoughtful piece on boredom by Pamela Paul, an editor at The New York Times. Paul … 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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Conflict Management: How To Stop Arguing

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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Advice For The Divorced Man or Woman: Ending A Romance

What You Say When A Post-Divorce Romance Ends by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The World of the Formerly Married, a durable classic by Morton M. Hunt, has some poignant insights about how divorced people feel when a relationship ends. There’s often … Continue reading

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Congratulations Letter or Email

What You Say If You Want To Write A Letter of Congratulations, or a Note of Congratulations By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Juliana, I am absolutely delighted to know about your latest accomplishment. Black belt! Black belt is cool–very, very cool. … Continue reading

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The Humor of Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln’s Jokes

The Wit of Abraham Lincoln:  How Lincoln Used Humor To Help Others And Himself by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. ” I think it would be hard to find one who tells better jokes, enjoys them better, and laughs oftener than Abraham … Continue reading

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How To Say No To An Invitation Politely: Example

What You Say When You Want To Decline An Invitation Because of a Previous Commitment Dear_________, Thank you ever so much for your invitation to (describe invitation). I am grateful that you included me (us) among your guests for this … Continue reading

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Dating Advice for Men: Where To Find Datable Women

Where To Look and What You Say To Women I found some interesting dating advice in a book from the steamy seventies entitled The Sensous Man by M. The advice is dated, but some of the basic ideas—like reading women’s … Continue reading

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“Personal” Messages Win Friends

Why and How You Should Write Personal Messages by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The famous historian Mel Kranzberg told me that he made it a habit to write 10 personal letters every day that he was in his office. That’s right, … Continue reading

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