How to Argue

Prentice Hall
Jonathan Herring  
Total pages
October 2010

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Written by a leading lawyer with first-hand experience of some of the toughest arguments, How to Argue is a fun, entertaining and no-holds-barred guide to everything you need to know about arguing.

We all do it every day; arguing is part of life. We can do it unknowingly, sometimes subtly and sometimes very explosively, but however we do it, most of us know that we argue badly.

Imagine being able to face any argument free of the fear, confusion and intimidation that your opponent is probably experiencing. Imagine knowing that, win or lose, your argument has been made convincingly, confidently and without losing your temper.

In How To Argue you’ll learn all the golden rules of successful arguing and explore many of the situations in life and work where arguments are most likely to happen.

This is the definitive guide to how to argue persuasively, positively and powerfully - in any situation.


Table of Contents

Part 1: The ten golden rules of argument


  1        Golden Rule 1:

            Be prepared   

  2        Golden Rule 2:

            When to argue, when to walk away   

  3        Golden Rule 3:

 What you say and how you say it 

  4        Golden Rule 4:

            Listen and listen again 

  5        Golden Rule 5:

            Excel at responding to arguments 

  6        Golden Rule 6:

            Watch out for crafty tricks 

  7        Golden Rule 7:

            Develop the skills for arguing in public 

  8        Golden Rule 8:

            Be able to argue in writing 

  9        Golden Rule 9:

            Be great at resolving deadlock 

10        Golden Rule 10:

            Maintain relationships 

            Part 2: Situations where arguments commonly arise


11        How to argue with those you love 

12        How to argue with your children 

13        Arguments at work 

14        How to complain 

15        How to get what you want from an expert 

16        Arguing when you know you're in the wrong 

17        Arguing again and again 

18        Doormats 

19        How to be a good winner 

20        To recap 

Back Cover

The ability to persuade, influence and convince is a vital skill for success in work and life.  However, most of us have little idea how to argue well. Indeed, arguing is still seen by many as something to be avoided at all costs, and mostly it’s done really badly – or not at all. Yet it’s possibly the most powerful and yet most neglected asset you could have.


Discover the art of arguing powerfully, persuasively and positively and you’ll have a head start every time you want to:


  • Put your point across effectively
  • Persuade other people to your way of thinking
  • Keep your cool in a heated situation
  • Win people over
  • Get what you want
  • Tackle a difficult person or topic
  • Be convincing and articulate
  • Have great confidence when you speak


In How to Argue, leading lawyer, husband and father Jonathan Herring reveals the secrets and subtleties of making your case and winning hearts and minds. At home or at work, you’ll be well equipped to make everything you say have the desired effect, every time.