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Stay on Topic

Stay on Topic

If they manage to throw you off with a really good point, try to stay on topic as best you can. 

Going off-topic can destroy your credibility, make you look defensive, and start new arguments. Stay focused on the current subject and keep your emotions out of it.

If you’re dead set on winning the argument, you can keep pushing to make them upset and their argument will likely fall apart in anger.

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  • Give the appearance that you truly know what’s right from the beginning, even if you don’t have all of the facts. 
  • Facts that can support your stance is helpful, but being convincing matters ...

The right questions can help you break their argument down logically.

Recognize that there are two issues to be addressed: both of your emotions and the situation at hand.

If enough people agree to something, it sort of becomes true in a social setting. It may not be 100% factual, but with a little supporting evidence, your buddies can be a better backup than any fact out there.

Using statements that imply “all” of something or “every” thing is a certain way. 

When you have good evidence, it makes it a lot easier to counter other people’s points while supporting your own.

Even if you’re pretending. Listen to what they have to say and take it in. Don’t shake your head while they talk, cut them off mid-sentence, or look away like you don’t care about what they’re saying.

Making up a scenario to make the opponent look bad. You’re assuming and making incorrect correlations. 

Winning an argument often comes down to who can go the longest without contradicting themselves and keeping sound logic, not direct persuasion of the other party.

Ignoring certain facts because of personally held beliefs. 

Name-calling, attacking a person’s character and using someone’s beliefs or traits to call their argument into question.

Assuming something is caused by something else just because they happen to correlate. 

Using a single personal experience as the foundation of your argument or your big piece of evidence. 

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