Category Archives: Etiquette

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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Donald Trump On English Grammar

Donald Trump’s Best Words: “Badly” Trump recently said to a reporter; “I feel badly for Paul Manafort.” What is good grammar, badly or bad? We found this answer in The English Language & Usage Stack Exchange: “I feel badly” would … Continue reading

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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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How To Introduce A High-profile Speaker

How To Introduce A High-Profile Speaker Such As A Religious Leader Or Politician: An Example    By Gene Griessman, PhD Recently I was asked to introduce Ken Futch,  a Hall of Fame professional speaker. Afterward Futch told me it was … Continue reading

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Lack Of Civility

The Importance Of Being Polite                       By Gene Griessman Over fifty years ago,  in 1964, a Canadian poet by the name of F. R. Scott wrote the remarkable poem below about … 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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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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Note-writing Advice: How To Say No

Here’s the response I received when I offered to do an international house exchange with a family in Paris (that I knew was looking at many other locations worldwide). “Dear Gene, Thank you for the offer, but we are not … Continue reading

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Business Etiquette: How To End A Conversation At A Reception

Word Power: What You Say When You Want To Move On To Other Guests At A Reception By Gene Griessman,Ph.D. Have you ever felt trapped at a gathering with a bore, wanted to escape, but didn’t know how to extricate … 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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