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Ruskin On Seeing Clearly

One Of Hemingway’s Favorite Quotations. Mine, too. “The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Leaders:Similarities

Unusual Quotations: The Vocabulary Of Authoritarian Leaders  “The authoritarian leaders taking power around the world share a vocabulary of intolerance, insult, and menace.”  —Jon Lee Anderson If you want a quotation book you can trust, there’s not a single spurious … Continue reading

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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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How To Express Appreciation To Someone Who Helped You

What You Say To Someone Who Helped You Here is a simple little phrase I discovered that’s a keeper.  Use it in a note, letter, or text.  It’s a special way to say thank you.  “I lack the words to adequately … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

“Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold power in a representative capacity.” … 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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