Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Everyone loves to win an argument. Whether you are right or wrong, there are some simple steps, according to research, that’ll help your case.
First and foremost, don’t be aggressive. Aggression can be a sign that you know you aren’t right. Instead, try to start conversation around the topic. Let the person feel like you are interested in their ideas and what they have to say. They will more likely be interested in your input if you do.
Second, mask their body posture. Research shows that people are more willing to believe someone else when their posture matches their own. Are they sitting cross-legged? Then so should you. Be sure you do this discretely though. Making it obvious can actually have adverse effects.
Last, but absolutely not least, make sure you have your facts straight. Being right when you know you are wrong can be difficult. Try not to argue just for argument sake and be prepared if you plan on defending yourself. Never raise your voice and be sure to affirm your statements with questions to the other person. Such as “Right?” and “Wouldn’t you think so?”. This keeps them involved in the situation and helps make your point.
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