Arguing has a bit of a bad rap in modern society, being seen as divisive and a source of conflict. When most people hear the word, they think of heated rows where voices are raised, accusations and names are thrown back and forth like missiles, no satisfactory conclusion is reached, and the parties arguing end up angry, hurt, further apart, and more dogmatically entrenched in their positions than before. This reputation isn't deserved - arguing is just another aspect of communication, one that allows an exchange of ideas and for issues to be resolved in order for things to move forward.
This book is going to teach you how to overcome the obstacles that stand between you and succeeding in convincing others to your way of thinking. It will take a look at what arguing actually is in order to gain a better understanding of how to do it well and efficiently, tackle the prickly issue of just how ethical it is to persuade someone, and look at the different ways in which we fail in our arguments, both in winning and occasionally in reaching a decent resolution without devolving into fighting. It will also take an extensive look at logic, particularly how it is applied to construct valid and compelling arguments, and finally closes with 10 tips that will help you win your arguments.
The section on logic takes up over half the book - logic is the cornerstone of a convincing argument, after all. This isn't a stuffy book that will give you dense theory with no connection to real life, though: Each entry includes a personal and professional example that you are likely to come across in real life. Along with the positive uses of logic, some ways in which the techniques discussed can be used in a dishonest way that takes advantage of how the human brain works are also included. There is a brief discussion of the ethics of using these techniques, but ultimately the power is given to you, the listener.
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I can't really think of a single group of people that wouldn't benefit from reading this book. Everyone from students, professionals, public speakers, politicians, and spouses can learn a thing or two from this book. It's also short enough to listen to while driving to work, while doing chores, or during your lunch break.
As the narrator did, I must caution the listener on not using the suggestions and information in the book for malicious or unethical reasons. There is always that kind of danger when writing a book like this, even if the information is minimal.
At the very least, you will come out of this listen with a better understanding on how to craft a logical argument.
The narrator also did a great job with reading and relaying the material.
5 stars all-around for this book!
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I was expecting to simply learn better ways to convince people I'm right. But, this book goes way deeper than that. The author reminds us that it's important to know why you are arguing in the first place. We're not just trying to win. We want to convince people of the truth.
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great narration and great tips. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
Yes, it made for a great listen that contributed to self-development. I enjoyed the narration and concepts discussed in the book.
It took me multiple sittings to gain from the concepts in the story.
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it had helpful information and techniques. I will try my new knowledge on my husband. lol narrator spoke well and the book was short and straight forward.
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This was an informative book that had an interesting take on making the most
out of an argument.
It also covered reasons why people argued and how to do it effectively.
I don't think arguing is bad per se and I partially agree with the author about how
arguing allows an exchange of ideas to resolve issues.
Overall, this book was interesting.
Sean Householder did well with the narration.
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This is a good introductory overview for people who are interested in debate (both formal and casual). It is an ethics-friendly guide that discusses both substantive and dramatic aspects in a fairly clear and straightforward manner. There is nothing groundbreaking to be found, and some of the logical explanations move quickly, because it is meant as just an overview, but all in all a nice introduction or refresher.
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This book was very helpful with lots of good information on how to deal with arguments. I was surprised at how much info was packed into such a short audiobook. It contains tips, tricks and basic communication skills to help resolve disputes.
The narrator did a really good job. Very pleasant to listen to.
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Up front, the author clarifies the meaning of 'argument' that it is not the perhaps implied adversarial, almost fighting confrontation the current connotation seems to be. Yet in his basic rules of argument he leaves off the first and most important [Socratic] rule...Agree on meaning of terms. "Depends on what your definition of is is" Otherwise you may be arguing over different things with your counter party.
Also leaves off one of the best ways to improve your presentation, persuasion and communications skills, check out and join a Toastmasters Club.
Yet, the book is however a nice overview of logic, persuasion and verbal/body skills necessary. I must confess that I was listening to this book in the thick of the US Presidential debate/election season and found myself filtering the authors material based on what I see in that process.
The narrator did an excellent job of professionally, appropriately delivering the material. He was what I could call professionally engaging in his style and would be delighted to listen to additional titles he brings to audio.
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