What You Say When You Want To Have A Private Conversation With Someone
By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.
Have you ever been in a conversation with a group of individuals, but you wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with one of them? But you didn’t know just how to do it diplomatically.
If you’re self-confident, and understand word power, you don’t have to waste a lot of valuable time with inane conversation, hoping you can have a private moment later. You can learn a lesson from the British. Ralph Fiennes, who plays the role of the British Prime Minister, was in such a situation in the superb Masterpiece Contemporary thriller entitled “Page Eight.”
Here’s the power phrase that the Prime Minister used almost effortlessly: “I’m sorry everyone, but we’re going to need some privacy.”
If you want to adapt this power phrase to your situation, with just a slight modification, you can say, “I’m sorry everyone, but Tom and I are going to need some privacy.”
An American variation could be, “I’m sorry everyone, but Tom and I are going to need some privacy. Would you excuse us for a few moments, Catch up with you later (or in a few minutes, or at the bar, at dinner, at the meeting, etc.)”
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
Don’t leave yet. Check out more articles. You’re already here. Why rush off? Whatyousay.com is a gold mine. We guarantee you’ll be a better communicator if you spend time here.
Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote. Here’s a quotation book you can trust
The Words Lincoln Lived By is a stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president. Composed of Lincoln’s profound observations—one for every week of the year, each followed by a short commentary that provides historical context—the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance. In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.
We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.