Tips for a good argument

In a country where you can make your opinion heard and where people will not blindly adopt an ideology, being able to have a good argument or discussion is a requirement. Nowadays people are aware of many different topics, this freedom creates division on general issues, and to get someone on board with your ideology requires a well-argued argument.

Respect as a foundation

You have undoubtedly experienced that someone does not agree with you, when we walk into a person we already have a prejudice and an opinion. No problem as long as you respect each other. You can try to convince the other person by substantiating your position with arguments. If you do not do this, it will be difficult to strengthen your position. A position is in fact a clearly formulated opinion. By listening to each other you show respect, and in this way you can gain new insights. Try not to get defensive, but open yourself up to the other person’s possible insights.


A reliable position is more likely to gain support. Substantiation with reliable arguments makes your argument more credible. Arguments are reasons for taking your position. These can be facts, sources, opinions and feelings. Facts are business arguments and opinions and feelings are personal arguments. Business arguments make your position more credible. During your argument, make sure you anticipate possible counterarguments. Give some answers in the argument so that questions are not asked and you are ahead of the other person to make your argument even more firmly established.

Example argument

Point of view:

The borders must close to non-Western immigrants.

Argument 1:

Most cultures from non-Western countries are at odds with the Western culture of ours.

Argument 2:

Non-Western immigrants come from countries where less is recorded and it is therefore difficult to diagnose their past and intentions in the country of arrival. Education levels are also difficult to determine and often do not meet the requirements to be declared valid and therefore enter the country without education.

Argument 3:

Non-Western immigrants more often have a lower education because education is not a daily activity in many non-Western countries. These will do poorly on the labor market and be classified in the underclass that will then continue to grow.

Possible counterargument:

It is against Western culture and values to keep people outside borders and we stand for the free movement of labor throughout the world. Moreover, our neighboring countries and America do not do that either, so we would be special.


The position holder’s conclusion can be placed here. He may change his mind as the opponent refutes this argument.