Category Archives: Media Interviews/How To Do Them

Gun Control, Donald Trump, and NRA Talking Points

Gun Riddance and Five NRA Talking Points The First Talking Point. “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Donald Trump’s version. “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger. It’s the person.” And here’s what you can say. “It is … 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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Unusual Quotations:No Comment

John Cage’s Witty Way To Say No Comment By Gene Griessman, PhD If you don’t want to respond to a question, here’s one way to do it: “I probably should answer that question with the words of the famous American … Continue reading

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How To Break Into An Ongoing Discussion

How To Break Into An Ongoing Discussion Here’s an simple but effective power phrase that you can use in a media interview, a team/board  meeting, or a negotiation Say: “May I just add something?” The simplicity and brevity of this … 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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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 Use A Martial Arts Tactic When You Communicate

Martial Arts Communication  By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You can use a principle from the martial arts to turn verbal attacks into wins for you. It’s well understood that Judo and Karate students learn to turn the energy of an attacker’s thrusts … Continue reading

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How To Disagree: A Favorite Agree-Disagree Statement

What You Say When You Want To Disagree With Someone by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com gives you a choice of power statements that you can use when you are in an argument, or when you are making a presentation, and … Continue reading

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Media Interview Tips From the HBO Movie Review “Game Change”

What You Say When You Are Asked A Tough Question During A Media Interview By Gene Griessman,Ph.D. If you want to know what to do, and what not to do, in a media interview, be sure to watch the HBO … Continue reading

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How To Argue Effectively: Use This Disagree Statement

What You Say When You Disagree, But Don’t Want To Disrupt The Flow Of The Argument by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Here’s an effective way to register your disagreement without disrupting the flow of the conversation. The way I discovered this … Continue reading

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