Drafting an Argument

When an Audience Completely Disagrees...

When an audience completely disagrees with your position convincing them that their reasons for disagreeing are faulty before presenting your own position may be the best strategy.

Introduction: States the issue to be addressed and why it is important.
Body of Argument: Examines positions already proposed and refutes each one, showing why they are inadequate. Typically organized like this.
  • Position 1
  • Your refutation of position 1
  • Position 2
  • Your refutation of position 2
Alternatively, all positions might be examined first and then refuted second.
  • Position 1
  • Position 2
  • Your refutation of position 1
  • Your refutation of position 2
Conclusion/Position Statement: Once all other positions are shown to be inadequate, conclude with your position as the only logical choice.
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