How To Use A Martial Arts Tactic When You Communicate

Martial Arts Communication 

By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Gene Griessman

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 to their advantage.

Here’s a communication template that in a simple but effective manner uses this concept.

After the attacker makes his thrust, you yield slightly, then use that energy for your own benefit:

Say, “You’ve made some very good points.”

Pause, then say, “I have two (or three) concerns.” Or, “I can see three weaknesses in that position.” Or, “I can think of at least two, possibly three things that could go wrong if we use that program (or adopt that strategy).”

Then you say: “Would you allow me to…(or, Could I…) tell you what they are?”

It’s strategic to pre-number the points you want to make.

Here’s why. If you’re interrupted, you can say, “Could I tell you my third concern?”

Martial Arts Communication

This is a particularly useful tactic for media interviews. No host can afford to say no to such a request.

I’ve used it again and again on radio/TV and have never ever been refused. But it also works well in the boardroom or during team discussions.

This martial arts concept gives you a way to make sure your point of view or concern gets a hearing and perhaps turns an attack into a win for you.

Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and communication strategist. His book “TheWords Lincoln Lived By” is in its 23rd printing and “Time Tactics of Very Successful People” is in its 43rd printing. His training video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken at conventions and annual meetings all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, call 404-435-2225. Learn more at Atlanta Speakers Bureau or at his website. His latest book “Lincoln and Obama” has just been released by Audible.
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