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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.
You Will Need
- The focus of an attack dog
- A good memory
- The will to exaggerate
Don't back off
Don't back down. Calmly document your points with objective facts.
Disarm your opponent by asking clarifying questions and using their answers against them.
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.
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.
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.
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.