Category Archives: Arguments/How To Argue

How To Destroy An Opponent

Unusual Quotations: How To Destroy An Opponent With Humor “One way to destroy an opponent is to turn him into a joke, and sometimes if you are lucky he will do that to himself.”—Gene Griessman in “Lincoln and Obama” If … 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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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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Listen Before You Speak: Lincoln’s “Public Opinion Baths”

Before You Speak, Listen By Gene Griessman Abraham Lincoln never questioned the right of his subordinates, or the general public, to say what they thought. In fact he very much wanted to hear what others had to say. His listening … 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 Interrupt Politely

If you are interrupted and wish to add a point or if you want to make a point after you have finished speaking and the conversation has moved on, one way to re-enter the conversation is to say: “If I could … 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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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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