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The Triple Fail-Safe

First Fail-Safe. Retake the floor only after you have a complete grasp of the Roman Column in the question. This is the equivalent of successful football receivers who run for Yards After Catch only after they have a complete grasp of the ball. If you do not completely grasp the Roman Column, do not take a step forward. Instead, follow the same instructions the U.S. Postal Service stamps on mail with unclear addresses: Return to Sender. Return the floor to the questioner by taking responsibility and saying, “I'm sorry, I didn't follow; would you mind restating the question?”

Second Fail-Safe. If you are certain that you have grasped the Roman Column, use the key word in your Buffer. During your Buffer, make Eye Connect with the questioner until you see that person's head nod, indicating that you have identified the Roman Column correctly. Move forward into your answer only after you see the head nod.


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