The Do's and Don'ts of Winning Arguments

Persuasive debaters can win arguments using the force of their reason and the skillful deployment of handy techniques. Lifehack offers some general do’s and don’ts to help you win arguments:

Do:

  • Stay calm
  • Use facts as evidence
  • Ask questions
  • Use logic
  • Listen carefully to your opponent
  • Look for a way that both sides can win some of their points

Don’t:

  • Get personal
  • Get distracted
  • Water down strong arguments with weak ones

And here are some low and sneaky ways to win at all costs:

  • Use punchy one-liners
  • Ridicule and humiliate your opponent
  • Deliberately provoke your adversary
  • Exaggerate your opponent’s position

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