War of words: Making a claim

War of words Making a claim

It’s well said that a pen is mightier than a sword. While a sword may nevertheless be unfeasible in an office, war of words, i.e. arguments break out more often than we intend to. And they’re not always between ego maniacs fighting over trifling issues, most of the arguments are over difference of opinions between learned men. In such cases, or any of the situations where you’ve to convince anyone that your intentions are for the greater good, you need to put forward a strong case.

To make sure you, along with everyone, are on your side that is the winning side, know the difference between making a claim and stating a fact. Confused? Look at this:

Fact: Eggs contain protein. Everyone should eat eggs.

Claim: Eggs being rich in protein can boost your body’s growth functions and thus should be a part of every day diet as per WHO.

Which sounds more convincing? I know your answers already, been there, done that. So what separates a fact from a claim? How can you ensure your arguments are to the point?

  • Facts are researched observations that can be stated by everyone who’s anyone. The first rule to making a claim is to watch out your tone and language. You don’t want to sound pompous and self righteous.
  • Be convinced to sound convincing. You don’t want to quote someone with no credibility. Bring words from reputable and relevant sources.
  • To add actual weight, your points must be relatable. Claiming a certain idea has benefited Africa would mean nothing more than gibberish to people in India. Get findings and datas from nearby geography and present sensible examples.
  • Presentation is an aspect least accounted for. With lesser efforts, you can leave a bookmark in the audiences’ mind by simply focusing on representation.

With the 3Rs and by being courteous, you can emerge as the ultimate victor in the war of words.

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