Reality Blog: Practicing the Fine Art of Irish Diplomacy

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According to the great wisdom I found on a gift shop T-shirt, Irish Diplomacy is the ability to tell someone where to go (if you know what I mean) and make them look forward to the trip!

A lot of people don’t like the idea of diplomacy. Probably because it’s often used in deception and manipulation. Even the title Diplomat tends to conjure up visions of a slimy character, who makes deals that can later be squirmed out of.

But diplomacy is often poorly understood.

It’s a necessary ingredient of everyday life and an essential part of coming to a satisfactory agreement when you’re negotiating a contract for freelance copywriting work.

A Little Irish Goes a Long Way

The Scots-Irish in my blood may be a bit diluted — by more than 200 years — but the gift of the blarney came through pretty strong in me. I have an innate desire to make relationships between people work and to make sure that everyone “walks away with a smile,” to use a saying that’s common to where I live saying.

And, at its core, I think that’s what diplomacy should be.

Diplomacy is the best way to solve tricky problems peacefully and have everyone leave feeling good about how things ended up — even if the solution was to basically kick the problem person out of your life.

The idea of Irish Diplomacy seems better to me than the kind of diplomacy that’s practiced in governments, because Irish Diplomacy is much more homey and natural.

Irish Diplomacy’s easygoing. It’s all about making people feel happy, in good times or bad.

I try to use Irish Diplomacy even and especially with difficult clients. Even when you’re breaking things off with a client, it’s better for them to leave with a smile on their face than with a slammed door.

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Suzanna Fitzgerald

Suzanna Fitzgerald


  • Great reminders Suzanna! I loved your story about your uncle – he didn’t need ALL the details of your opinion. LOL
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Suzanna, the story about your Uncle was great! It reminds me of my family. LOL! My wife says that I have mastered the “art” of Irish Diplomacy. Though, that statement is not quite true. I think I inherited the skill from my Mom and Grandmother. I now place myself in a self-imposed time out in deference to those two wonderful women.

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