How to Win an Argument

How to Win an Argument

Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing. -Oscar Wilde It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it. -Joseph Joubert What is an argument? An argument is an adversarial exchange of...
5 Techniques to Handle a Tough Crowd

5 Techniques to Handle a Tough Crowd

Parliament is in session and I am both appalled and intrigued by the infantile behaviour of our elected representatives. Consider the challenge a speaker faces when trying to land a point whilst relentlessly assailed by verbal sucker punches from the cross benches. ...
The Senseless Misuse of the Venn Diagram

The Senseless Misuse of the Venn Diagram

Stop the abuse The 19th century philosopher and logician, John Venn, may be amused by the explosion of venn diagram applications in popular culture.  There has been an explosion of social media memes and many are brilliant.   I personally can’t go past the Venn...
Numbers Don’t Lie.  Unless they do…

Numbers Don’t Lie. Unless they do…

Can the numbers ever lie? Have you ever accepted a credible statement that was backed by numbers only to have the sneaking suspicion that you have been misled? Perhaps you are in a position where you need to back up a spurious claim? Use numbers.  Statistics, facts,...