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How to Argue


The ability to persuade, influence, and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life. However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it’s done really badly–or not at all. Yet it’s possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have.

Imagine being able to face any argument free of the fear, confusion, and intimidation that your opponent is probably experiencing. Imagine knowing that, win or lose, your argument has been made convincingly, confidently, and without losing your temper.

In How to Argue you’ll learn all the golden rules of successful arguing and explore many of the situations in life and work where arguments are most likely to happen.

Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively, and positively, and you’ll have a head start every time you want to

  • Get your point across effectively
  • Persuade other people to your way of thinking
  • Keep your cool in a heated situation
  • Win people over
  • Get what you want
  • Tackle a difficult person or topic
  • Be convincing and articulate
  • Have great confidence when you speak

In How to Argue, leading lawyer Jonathan Herring reveals the secrets and subtleties of making your case and winning hearts and minds. At home or at work, you’ll be well equipped to make everything you say have the desired effect, every time.

Table of Contents
Part 1: The ten golden rules of argument
Chapter 1. Golden Rule 1: Be prepared
Chapter 2. Golden Rule 2: When to argue, when to walk away
Chapter 3. Golden Rule 3: What you say and how you say it
Chapter 4. Golden Rule 4: Listen and listen again
Chapter 5. Golden Rule 5: Excel at responding to arguments
Chapter 6. Golden Rule 6: Watch out for crafty tricks
Chapter 7. Golden Rule 7: Develop the skills for arguing in public
Chapter 8. Golden Rule 8: Be able to argue in writing
Chapter 9. Golden Rule 9: Be great at resolving deadlock
Chapter 10. Golden Rule 10: Maintain relationships

Part 2: Situations where arguments commonly arise
Chapter 11. How to argue with those you love
Chapter 12. How to argue with your children
Chapter 13. Arguments at work
Chapter 14. How to complain
Chapter 15. How to get what you want from an expert
Chapter 16. Arguing when you know you’re in the wrong
Chapter 17. Arguing again and again
Chapter 18. Doormats
Chapter 19. How to be a good winner
Chapter 20. To recap

Book Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press (April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132980932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132980937
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