In my last post, I talked about how our nation is at odds, and we weren't even holding the same arguments, then I related that back to work. Rather than just leave you hanging, there's a book I've been reading which has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Thank You For Arguing - What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can teach us about the art of persuasion has been the find of the year for my book-shelf (with special nod to Mike Wagner for the recommendation). If you've ever felt like you constantly get the short end of the rhetorical stick during conversations, this book is for you.
Jay Heinrichs does an outstandingly entertaining job of laying out the need for better argument skills. He shares how we often argue in the wrong tense (forensic, or past) when we should be pushing our arguments into the deliberative (or future) tense, where we can actually change things moving forward. He shares numerous little tricks about reading your audience and relating to them. Quite frankly, this should be nationally required reading in an election year. As I listen to the candidates speak about themselves and each other, I've been better equipped to dissect their logic (or lack thereof) and the little ploys. Heinrichs gives many examples and tips to use with coworkers, bosses, friends, family, and strangers.