In a world full of differing opinions about life and some other stuff. I thought I’d give this book a try. Mostly because I wanted to see if there was a way to talk about our values without it turning out to be a huge dilemma. I chose to review the book,” Thank You for Arguing” by Jay Heinrichs from Blogging for Books to get a betting understanding of the power of persuasion. It took me a while to power through and it was not at all what I expected. My review is below.
So why argue? People argue to be heard and to get their point across. Most of the time arguing does the exact opposite. Because when people become angry they stop listening. They tune out and hyper-focus on proving their point. There is such thing as healthy arguing but that takes skill. This book seems to be sharing this special skill.
The author uses a lot of personal references and shares his story. You get a sense of who this person is and what helped him to draw the conclusions he draws. Jay attempts to show us the art of persuasion through humor and his writing skills. He explains that arguing does not have to be based in anger. I think it is a great thing to know that people can disagree without being upset. He also covers an array of different issues, such a nervousness, that may impede arguing.
The tone is harsh and at times comes off as arrogant. This comes in the fact that the author shares so much personal stories, at times, it seems like too much. The book is very long and can be difficult to get through. It can be boring at times, which is why it took me so long to finish it. Also at times, those fancy writing skills lead to confusion. Sometimes you just want the point straight on, and that’s not always delivered here.
Overall, I was delighted to receive the book, but wish I had waited for something else. What people should no about arguing is that it’s important to hear people out. You don’t have to agree with what a person says but you should respect them. I’m not sure if this book does the trick or just teaches tricks to get one over another person.
Until next time…