Win an Argument

Win an Argument

There is not much point in having brilliant ideas if we cannot persuade people of their value. Persuasive debaters can win arguments using the force of their reason and by the skillful deployment of many handy techniques.

So how to win an argument? Here are some general dos and don’ts to help you win arguments together with some sneaky tactics to be aware of.

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  1. Stay calm. Even if you get passionate about your point you must stay cool and in command of your emotions. If you lose your temper – you lose.
  2. Use facts as evidence for your position. Facts are hard to refute so gather some pertinent data before the argument starts. Surveys, statistics, quotes from relevant people and results are useful arguments to deploy in support of your case.
  1. Get personal. Direct attacks on your opponent’s lifestyle, integrity or honesty should be avoided. Attack the issue not the person. If the other party attacks you then you can take the high ground e.g.’ I am surprised at you making personal attacks like that. I think it would be better if we stuck to the main issue here rather than maligning people.’

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How to win every argument
  1. Stay calm.
  2. Use facts as evidence for your position.
  3. Ask questions. If you can ask the right questions you can stay in control of the discussion and make your opponent scramble for answers.
  4. Use logic. Show how one idea follows another.
  5. Listen carefully.
  6. Be prepared to concede a good point.
  7. Study your opponent. Know their strengths & weaknesses.
  8. Do not get personal. Attacks on your opponent’s lifestyle, integrity or honesty should be avoided. Attack the issue not the person.

Being confident is the key to a succesful explanation.

How to win every argument

How to win every argument





  • Stay calm. 
  • Use facts as evidence for your position. 
  • Ask questions. If you can ask the right questions you can stay in control of the discussion and make your opponent scramble for answers. 
  • Use logic. Show how one idea follows another. 
  • Listen carefully.
  • Be prepared to concede a good point. 
  • Study your opponent. Know their strengths & weaknesses.
  • Do not get personal. Attacks on your opponent’s lifestyle, integrity or honesty should be avoided. Attack the issue not the person.
  • Being confident is the key to a succesful explanation.




  • People think emotionally, so forget facts
  • When people are asked to explain their beliefs about how a given thing works, they’ll actually become less confident in those beliefs.
  • When people have their self-worth validated in some way, they tend to be more receptive to information that challenges their beliefs.
  • During a debate, you’re more likely to make progress if you can appeal to the moral concerns of the people that you’re talking with.

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