Argument Clinic

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A presentation from 2005 about how to make a convincing argument, especially in the realm of substance abuse prevention

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Argument Clinic

  1. 1. Argument Clinic Gordon Dymowski 2005 Youth Prevention Conference August 5, 2005
  2. 2. Goals for Today <ul><li>Sharpen advocacy skills by developing strategic thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Learn tactics to handle confrontational/difficult situations </li></ul><ul><li>Create stronger advocates </li></ul><ul><li>Most Important: Learn How to Argue </li></ul>
  3. 3. In Your Packets <ul><li>Power Point Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Transcript of Argument Clinic sketch </li></ul><ul><li>Handouts from Community Toolbox ( http://ctb.ku.edu ) </li></ul><ul><li>Tobacco & Alcohol Fact Sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Small Group Scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. When we’re advocating, how does opposition react? <ul><li>Tell us how wrong we are </li></ul><ul><li>Confront us with our “error” </li></ul><ul><li>Counter argue our point </li></ul><ul><li>Act in a rather antisocial way </li></ul><ul><li>Dismiss our arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Use one of “Ten D’s of the Opposition” (see handout) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Is It Important to Advocate/argue Effectively? <ul><li>Leads to success </li></ul><ul><li>Validates our arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Recruits people to your cause (You get more flies with honey than vinegar) </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do arguments in advocacy fail? <ul><li>Confuse feelings with facts </li></ul><ul><li>Perceive argument as “attack” rather than as discussion </li></ul><ul><li>“ Beating a dead horse” </li></ul>
  7. 7. How do you advocate effectively and make a great argument? <ul><li>Know what you’re talking about/do your homework </li></ul><ul><li>Argue facts, not feelings (and facts don’t always refer to data) </li></ul><ul><li>Channel your passion and enthusiasm into your activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Job As Advocates <ul><li>Develop the strongest and simplest argument for our cause that respects the intelligence of our opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Watching the following video will show an “ideal” argument </li></ul>
  9. 10. When developing your advocacy “argument”, please remember <ul><li>Stay Positive </li></ul><ul><li>Keep Calm </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid “Know It All” Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Never Take Opposition Personally </li></ul><ul><li>Be Passionate and Enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Move On If You Need To </li></ul>
  10. 11. Exercise # 1 <ul><li>Find person with similar color & letter of scenario </li></ul><ul><li>Each are a different side of the argument – role play an actual argument </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to use “cheat sheets” </li></ul><ul><li>Ten minutes </li></ul>
  11. 12. Recruiting is both active and passive <ul><li>Seeking out people who wish to join </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot anticipate all potential allies </li></ul><ul><li>Putting best self forward creates a “safe” environment for people to join </li></ul>
  12. 13. Thinking Strategically <ul><li>Brainstorm on who could be potential allies </li></ul><ul><li>Contacting & stating case to allies </li></ul><ul><li>Network with allies for more advocacy partners </li></ul>
  13. 14. Exercise Two <ul><li>Get into small groups </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios - choose one </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Strategy Chart” worksheet - focus on resources/allies/opponents </li></ul><ul><li>Ten Minutes </li></ul>
  14. 15. In Conclusion…. <ul><li>Important for prevention advocates to make convincing arguments </li></ul><ul><li>Argue smarter , not harder </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind - the means justify the ends </li></ul>
  15. 16. Thanks for coming! <ul><li>Please fill out & turn in your evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Questions - do not hesitate to contact me </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the rest of the conference! </li></ul>
  16. 17. For more information <ul><li>Gordon Dymowski </li></ul><ul><li>(314) 363-6946 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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