How to Win an Argument

You can win an argument fair and square if you have a few facts and these techniques.

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Whether you're dealing with friends, family, a lover, or co-workers, you'll benefit from the communication skills taught in this Howcast video series. Among the advice included: how to tell someone off; how to deliver an ultimatum; how to complain; how to solve creative differences; how to give a compliment; how to take criticism; how to apologize; how to read social cues; how to learn to say no; and much more.

 
 

You Will Need

  • The focus of an attack dog
  • A good memory
  • Humility
  • The will to exaggerate

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Don't back off

    Don't back down. Calmly document your points with objective facts.

  2. Step 2

    Disarm opponent

    Disarm your opponent by asking clarifying questions and using their answers against them.

  3. Step 3

    Cross-examine

    Cross-examine the other person and let them tie themselves up in their own logic. Once you threaten their ego, you have them on the ropes.

  4. Step 4

    Keep track of failed points

    Keep track of your opponent's failure to rebut certain points and state these at the end as proof of their agreement with your position.

  5. Make mental notes during the argument of points your opponent can't refute.

  6. Step 5

    Show humility

    Admit your own mistakes and keep an open mind if you want to be taken seriously. Let them save face so you find commonalities that make them think your point was their idea.

  7. It's best not to try to bring up something you cannot prove, or it could undermine all your other points.

  8. Step 6

    Use one weak position to discredit all positions

    Refute their weakest point, and declare this as proof that all their opinions on this topic are faulty.

  9. Did you know? Aristotle's logical works are the earliest formal study of logic.

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