Make it Shine: 12 Checkpoints for Your Persuasive Argument

Cody Libolt
May 12, 2015 · 2 min read

You want your persuasive argument to shine so the reader has every chance to learn from you and be convinced.

Here’s a 12 point inspection to make sure your argument is road-ready.

  1. Did I visualize the reader I’m talking to?
  2. Did I compliment the reader?
  3. Did I avoid wrong assumptions about the reader’s level of knowledge?
  4. Did I take a positive attitude?
  5. Did I avoid a condemnatory, condescending, or sarcastic tone?
  6. Did I show generosity toward those of the opposing view?
  7. Did I follow a logical outline and avoid repetition?
  8. Did I give adequate support against objections, or was I too quick to assume my point was proven?
  9. Did I use historical events and facts to concretize and support my conclusions?
  10. Did I take a tone of confidence and not apologize for my viewpoint?
  11. Did I give the reader breathing room to absorb my points at a natural pace?
  12. Did I show the practical value of my conclusion?

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Originally published at on May 12, 2015.

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