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Subject : soft-skills
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1. Takes as evidence what it claims to prove

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

3. When you read a nonfiction passage - you must decide what information is important and what is not. What you must remember is the essential information. Essential information is necessary to understand a passage. This includes the main idea and the s

4. 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

5. 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

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

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

8. 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

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

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

11. 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

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

13. A discussion adhering to parliamentary rules of proposition between two opposing sides

14. What's my message? - Who's my audience? - How should I adapt my message to my specific audience? - What's my rhetorical strategy? - What's my goal?

15. Assumes because one thing is allowed - worse things will occur after

16. A suggestion that is offered for consideration or acceptance

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

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

19. Does not acknowledge the possibility of a neutral position

20. Inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty

21. 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

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

23. The dictionary definition of a word

24. An argument whose conclusion does not follow from its premise

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

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

27. The generally held opinion held prior to the debate

28. Advertisers try to make their products stand out by focusing on a single element that is found only in their product - hoping that consumers will think this means their product is better - he only breathmint that has retsyn - There's nothing else lik

29. What is the best or most accurate interpretation?

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

31. 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

32. To misrepresent your opponents argument; to seemingly refute your opponent's argument when in fact you have not accurately described his/her position

33. Advertisers use celebrities and regular people to endorse products - If it's good enough for astronauts its good enough for you - The official candy bar of the Olympic Games

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

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

36. 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

37. Claims attack the person and not the issue

38. 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!!!

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

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. What is the best or most accurate definition?

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

43. 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-

44. Appeal to an unqualified expert

45. 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

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

47. Advertisers intentionally do not finish a comparison - Our Candy is Sweetest - The safer car for your family

48. 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.

49. Deliberate spreading information - ideas - or rumors to help or harm a person - group - movement - institution or nation

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