Verbal Diplomacy:How To Leave Yourself Wiggle Room

Gene Griessman

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 subject, but…”

Here’s how John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the CIA. responded in a media interview about an ongoing development after he had retired.

“I haven’t formed a final thought, but clearly parts of it are starting to resonate with what we know to be true…”

If you want to be regarded as someone who’s diplomatic, you will want to have a power phrase like this in your communication toolbox.

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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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