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Persuasion

Subject : soft-skills
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1. Persuading by making people feel as though they are one of the elite if they are using a particular product or thinking a certain way






2. An author may write with bias - an unfair fondness or dislike for something. For example - suppose an author believes that the government should be tougher on teen crime. If the author wrote an article about teenage crime - his/her bias would most li






3. Inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty






4. The feelings or emotions that are evoked from a word






5. Propaganda is a systematic way of spreading beliefs through a combination of facts - opinions disguised as facts - and repetition. Sometimes there is also some stretching of the truth. When you read - decide whether the author is trying to persuade y






6. The generally held opinion held prior to the debate






7. Narrative (story) - anecdotal (brieft tale or story that lends itself to but does not prove a conclusion) - participation - demonstation - performance - testimonial (eyewitness - expert - authority - celebrity)






8. Does not acknowledge the possibility of a neutral position






9. What is the best or most accurate definition?






10. The information that is not necessary to understand the passage is called nonessential information. This may include opinions or details that do not add to the main idea of the passage.






11. A fact that may be used to infer another fact






12. An ethical appeal that establishes the speaker's or writer's credibility and trustworthiness






13. Questioning or proving the existence or actuality of some event - action - thing - person






14. Advertisers make it seem that the product is so new that you will be the first on the block to have it - The motor car is the magic carpet of modern times - Something new for the boys






15. Dissimilarities between two things are so much greater than their similarities - that their connection is unjustified






16. Statements claiming that some proposition is untrue or incorrect






17. Claims attack the person and not the issue






18. An emotional appeal that stirs the feelings of the audience/reader/listener






19. control the frame: how we see and understand the argument - good use of language: be aware of the language - be aware of the question and answer: try to be on offense instead of defense - think about your presentation style






20. Facts - figures - numbers - graphs - charts - polls - surveys






21. A concept whose truth can be proved/ a statement that can proved true - E.g. See if You can Reduce Your Debt Payments up to 50% or more with a Free Financial Evaluation!- FREE SHIPPING & 3 FREE Gifts with your order of $55 or more!!!






22. The affirmative or positive side is proposing a (new) position or resolution. Therefore it falls to this side to show evidence for that position






23. Is it moral - right - wrong - ethical - pretty - ugly?






24. What course of action should we take as a government - nation - country - or culture?






25. Facts - conditions - statements - beliefs or views that others can observe and potentially agree with






26. The business technique that uses narration and storytelling to evoke a particular experience of a product - person - company. Also used to promote particular lifestyles. By consuming this bran - you participate within this lifestyle - e.g. Starbucks-






27. To treat one cause among many as if it is the single cause






28. A logical appeal or an appeal to reason (facts - statistics - and expert testimony)






29. When you assume that the audience will automatically supply and accept an unspoken premise; construct an argument that does not explicitly state all the premises because you know the audience members will fill in those premises on their own.






30. The ability to make a 'rational' link between your claim and evidence - which helps the audience consent to your argument






31. A statement that cannot be proved true. It is something that someone/author thinks - believes - feels. Some clue words associated with opinions are; think. appears - feel - believes. seems.






32. Sequential relationship is misinterpreted as causal (this caused that)






33. An expressed opinion - statement - or point of view






34. A false argument; an argument that appears to be logical - but in fact is not logical






35. Words or images that appeal to the audience's emotions are used. The appeal may be to positive emotions - such as desire for success - or to negative ones - such as fear.






36. An argument based on two premises and a conclusion that is logically true - E.g. vegetarian do not eat meat - I am a vegetarian - Therefore - I do not eat meat






37. Evidence supporting the team's position or used to denigrate or defeat the opposing view






38. Assumes a statement's conclusion is true without any sufficient evidence






39. We call agree on the proper definitions of freedom and democracy - we can all agree that freedom and democracy are inherently good and are worth fighting a war - we agree that American freedom and American democracy are applicable to a non-American c






40. Advertisers ask rhetorical questions or make statments so that consumers associate certain ideas and emotions with their products - on't you want the best protection you can get with your deoderant? - Wouldn't you love a Sunway Airlines Vacation?






41. To reduce complex matters to an either/or logic






42. Assumes that the premise is not ideal - but a wiser choice than the opponent's






43. A suggestion that is offered for consideration or acceptance






44. This technique wants you to associate the good feelings created in the ad with the product - Because you deserve it - We want you to have the best.






45. Improve our ability to argue for our views and perspectives - Improve our ability to provide counter-arguments to other people's arguments - Improve our ability to assess the legitimacy of arguments in general.






46. The side that will argue the proposition






47. Advertisers sometimes use words or phrases that seem significant - but on closer inspection they are actually meaningless - e.g. 'Leaves dishes virtually spotless.' We have seen so many ad claims that we have learned to tune out weasels. You are sup






48. Tries to persuade the reader to do - think - or buy something because it is popular or everyone is doing it - The famous McDonald's billboards displaying how many hamburgers the restaurants have sold. Mocked by Jerry Seinfeld: 'How insecure is this c






49. The side that will oppose the proposition






50. The dictionary definition of a word