Category Archives: Arguments/How To Argue

Rachel Maddow Shows How To Make A Point

What You Say When You Want To Make A Point Cautiously by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Why in the world would you ever want to make a point cautiously? Benjamin Franklin explained why in his Autobiography,  Just in case you haven’t … Continue reading

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How To Interview: An Example From “Face the Nation”

What You Say When You Want To State Your Position In A Discussion or Interview by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Political talk shows provide excellent examples of ways to express yourself succinctly. This one comes from “Face the Nation.” Bob Schieffer asked … Continue reading

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Agree-Disagree Statement: How To Disagree Courteously

What You Say If You Want To Disagree Courteously by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. If you want to disagree with someone, but want to express only mild disagreement, this post will provide you with a sample disagree-agree statement.  I first heard … 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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Disagree Statement:What You Say When You Don’t Want To Agree

What You Say When You Reach A Stalemate, And Want To Dig In Your Heels by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Have you ever been in an argument, and the individual with whom you were arguing said something like, “I guess we’ll … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate And Win Arguments:Lessons from Abraham Lincoln and John C. Calhoun

What You Say When You Argue and Negotiate: How LINCOLN Did It by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. You don’t have to win every single skirmish in a debate or negotiation to be victorious in the end.  In fact, it can be … Continue reading

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How To Agree and Disagree With Someone

What You Say If You Disagree With Part Of What Someone Says by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. In the movie “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” there’s an intense scene in which the British intelligence officer George Smiley (played by Gary Oldman) confronts … Continue reading

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Marriage and Relationship Advice: How To Talk About An Issue

What You Say When You Have A Conflict With Someone You Care About by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Recently one of my relatives attended a retreat with her husband of 20-plus years. She came back excited about the experience. What she … Continue reading

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When To Give A Long Speech

When To Make A Long Speech:  What Would Abraham Lincoln Do? by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The Gettysburg Address was just two minutes long. It is recognized today as one of the finest speeches ever given in the English language.   Generally … Continue reading

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Agree Disagree Statement: Say It With Good Humor

What You Say If You Want To Disagree With Someone, And Make That Person Smile One of our readers has sent Whatyousay.com a humorous agree or disagree statement that I’d like to share with you.  If is almost guaranteed to … Continue reading

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