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 a Congressman (Ron Paul) about an upcoming primary. The relevant wording that you might be able to use is in bold.
“What are your plans? It seems clear to me, (pause) and you can tell me I’m wrong, that there’s no way you can get the Republican nomination now.”
The next time you want to express an opinion that you’re pretty sure of, say: “I seems clear to me…and you can tell me I’m wrong, that…”
This template puts you in a strong position because you state your opinion first, and thereby frame the discussion that follows.
This template is a good choice if you doing an interview, for example, with an employee or a candidate. These words also work in letter-writing as well as in verbal exchanges.)
In verbal exchanges, as in sports, a good offense often proves to be the best defense.
Gene Griessman is an award-winning professional speaker, actor, and consultant. His video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, contact us at 404-435-2225 or [email protected] Learn more about Gene Griessman at presidentlincoln.com and atlantaspeakersbureau.com
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