Whether you’re on your brother’s 👨 channel defending your position on Lebron James and the Lakers 🏀, or on your own channel arguing about Fortnite 🎮 and mechs, you most likely don’t want to lose.
Luckily, the key 🔑 to winning arguments is learning to argue 🗣️ like a lawyer.
Why is that lucky 🍀?
Well, I just happen to be one!
Here are my top five tips on how to argue like a lawyer and how to win like a lawyer whenever you’re involved in an argument:
1. Preparation ✍️
When I’m going to court 🏛️, the first thing I do is read everything I can find on the subject of my argument.
I go online 🌐, I Google search, I listen to #podcasts 🔈, I watch videos – I do whatever it takes to adequately prepare to win the argument.
While doing this, it’s important to make sure that the research is not one-sided. You want to make sure to learn about both sides of the argument so you’re prepared to address the opposition.
Also, keep in mind that personal experience will make for a much more compelling argument rather than if you’re arguing about something you’ve never done or seen 👀 before.
So if, for example, you think that mechs in Fortnite are bad, you should be playing Fortnite with a mech (or at least observing them being used), so that you can have adequate first-hand experience to support your stance.
Make sure to take notes 📓 during this preparation time. It’s super helpful to look back at your notes before an argument, but it’s also good for your memory to write them down in the first place!
In fact, due to our reticular activating system; when we write things down, we’re more apt to remember them 💡, and fast.
Finally, it can be helpful to make an outline of your arguments to ensure you’re presenting your points in the most logical way.
2. Question ❓ everything
Believe it or not, it’s incredibly important that you create a framework for your argument just to beat the hell out of it.
Question every shred of logic that supports your argument so that you know it inside and out. Recognize and memorize its strengths 💪 and weaknesses 👎 so you’re adequately prepared for success.
In fact, in the past I’ve even gone so far as to post the points of an argument on social media lawyer to better understand why people support my stance and so that I know the opposing position really well.
3. Practice getting triggered
I know it sounds a little crazy, but the bottom line is that this is the most important part of preparing for an argument.
If you want to learn how to argue like a youtube lawyer, you’ve got to master remaining calm in the storm ⛈️ of argument.
A lot of times we become so wed to the concept of being correct that when someone says we’re not, it hurts 😥.
These negative feelings make your heart rate 💓 increase, makes you sweat 💧, and worst of all, makes you incapable of listening 👂, which is one of the most integral parts of making a successful argument!
Listening closely to the other side is imperative because as soon as you hear a weakness in the opposing argument, you need to be able to pounce.
A particular trick I like to practice is slowing down my speech while I’m arguing. Slowing the speech and thought processes can help reduce the negative effects of others telling me I’m wrong.
Plus, slowing down can help tremendously with the memorization and comprehension 🤔 of your discussion points.
Finally, I often think to myself while preparing for a debate, “What are the consequences of losing this argument?” 🤷
If you can prepare yourself for the potential criticism you’ll face if you were to lose an argument on your YouTube channel, then you won’t be left fearing the unknown should you come out on bottom.
4. Establish common ground 🤝
I almost always begin my arguments with the items that the opposing party and I can agree upon.
Ask yourself: What is undisputed about this particular issue? What points can we push to the side because we agree on them?
Establishing this common ground adds to your credibility as an arguer, fosters some camaraderie 👯♂️ because, let’s face it, the debate isn’t really that big of a deal, and frankly, it’s more efficient.
Why spend time arguing over points that you agree on? Establishing common ground is choosing your battles ⚔️ and focusing on the main points of the argument you can win!
5. Choose and organize your points
As you prepare for your argument, remember that people can only take in a limited amount of information, even if they’re emotionally invested in the topic.
Therefore, my argumentative strategy involves quickly dismissing any smaller points of the opposing party’s and focusing on two or three that I know I can disprove.
Then, I take these two or three of my own arguments and organize them into a syllogism. This is basically conceptualizing the arguments in a mathematical manner. For example, if A+B is true, then C must also be true.
In law, we call simplified arguments syllogisms: All humans are omnivores, and all omnivores have teeth. Therefore, all humans have teeth. (Or at least, they’re supposed to!)
Creating simple, understandable, and easily digestible arguments for the opposing party and the audience is a simple way to get the upper hand ✋ in a debate. Our brains are pre-wired to accept syllogisms, so use them!
Finally, another great technique I like to employ is analogy, comparing two things to make a larger point.
Say you’re arguing that LeBron leaving the Lakers is like water leaving the body – immediate death ☠️. This would be a good (albeit dramatic) analogy to use in your argument.
Sometimes it’s best to think on your toes during an argument, but I find it helpful to brainstorm analogies and syllogisms ahead of time, and plan them so that I can illustrate my points as clearly as possible… and win 🏆, of course.