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Writing: The New York Times, Insider, CNBC, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Time, Inc., HuffPost, Experian, Complex, and The Washington Post. Cited in Rolling Stone, Esquire, academic journals, encyclopedias and more.

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How To Diffuse
Turkey Day Tension

"Nobody wins when the family feuds"
- Fabolous, "Too Late," Summertime Shootout 3

1. Frame the Claim, Don't Defame the Name.
Focus on the point, not the person.
2. Be Like Mashed Potatoes.
Formless. Substantive. Filling. Neutral.
That's why this dish rarely gets declined.
3. Expectations Are Like Canned Cranberry Sauce.
They mold and shape your mood.
4. Start With A Forkful of Curiosity.
Address ambiguity to avoid arguments.
5. Clean Plate, Clean Slate:
Separate opinion from emotion.
That's how to minimize commotion.
6. Skip Leftovers:
Once dinner is done, toss out the tension.
7. Set the Table:
Kick off dinner with collaboration.
Set a ground rule or two, too.
8. Turn Off The Oven:
Is it hot in here? Check your temperature.
Recognize how you feel, regulate it, then respond.
9. Exercise... Empathy.
Don't confuse views with values. Exercise empathy.
Focus on your family, not your feelings.


• Mutual love of hip-hop, our talks with 50 Cent, etc.

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About Me

The New York Times, Forbes, Time, The Washington Post, and more have published my writing. 6.5 million people worldwide have watched my conversations with 50 Cent, Tony Hawk, Shaquille O'Neal, Jake Paul, and others. I'm the former Chief Communications Officer of Mike Tyson's $400M holding company, and along the way, I turned down a job offer from Kanye West.


Pictured: 50 Cent and I at the Toyota Center for our interview (07/23), Kanye West and I in-studio (10/22), Rick Ross, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, and Jake Paul.

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