7 keys to develop a good argument

The ability to argue is a highly demanded competence in the work environment and especially necessary in the selection processes. Teaching children to argue helps them learn to be dialogues and respectful of others, and also to succeed in both their personal and professional lives.

Have you ever been asked a complicated question in a job interview? The argumentative capacity is a basic competence to face the challenges of daily life. Preparing the little ones in the art of rhetoric and argumentation will not only make them shine in their personal lives, but also helps them develop skills of great value for their future professional life.


"Some children show a great mastery of the word from the beginning in the same way that others show greater competence in other activities such as drawing, but the ability to argue is a subject that everyone can work hard and effort to achieve. can reinforce and improve "points Cristina Hernández, a secondary and high school psychologist at Brains International School La Moraleja.

7 keys to a good argument

Knowing how to argue helps to flee from the popular "because I say it" or "just because" and to resolve conflicts peacefully through dialogue and respect. A disagreement in the schoolyard or a conversation to negotiate a salary increase are two examples of how useful and beneficial it is to develop these skills from childhood and for the rest of our lives.


In the art of persuasion, knowing how to convince others is the 7 keys to developing a good argument:

1. Be clear about our position: Although it seems obvious, it is not. And it is that knowing what we want to communicate is the first step to a good argument.

2. Think about the key messages: designing in advance the key messages that will articulate our discourse, taking into account the objective of the debate, is fundamental. Thinking before speaking will avoid the need to improvise.

3. Put them in writing: writing the fundamental ideas that we want to transmit will help us to organize and prioritize them. The result will be a more coherent speech, without contradictions and more solid. Thus, we will avoid forgetting any key idea or argument in our presentation.

4. Listen carefully: In order to be able to replicate and respond to the questions raised, the most important thing is to first listen to our interlocutors. Only in this way can we understand their position and choose the most appropriate arguments.


5. Support the arguments in data and examples: the figures and the examples give us credibility, especially if they are extracted from recognized and / or reliable sources.

6. Use respectful language: Speaking with irritation and tax words only provokes defensive reactions and does not get our messages on the other side. Our interlocutors will be more willing to listen to our point of view if we use a friendly, clear, simple and respectful language.

7. Accompany us with a suitable non-verbal language: In addition to the messages, how we communicate them and what we are able to express with our gestures, body posture and facial expressions, it is fundamental. We must try to be empathetic, be comfortable and accompany us with tools and gestures that in any case can help the understanding on the part of the interlocutor.

Cristina Hernández, Secondary and Bachillerato psychologist at Brains International School La Moraleja

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