Category Archives: Arguments/How To Argue

The Second Amendment: What It Means

What You Say To Gun Zealots “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” During a long and honored career Supreme … Continue reading

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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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Martin Niemöller’s Warning: Is It Time To Speak Out?.

A Cautionary Tale From Nazi Times “First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not … Continue reading

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Jon Voight Loves Donald Trump: How To Use Repartee

Jon Voight is a true believer in Donald Trump and doesn’t trust liberals. That’s abundantly clear in his May 2019 Tweet. “Don’t be fooled by the political left because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph…So … Continue reading

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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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