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How might presenting effective arguments differ in the classroom, daily life, and your job?

Updated on January 1, 2015

As a recent University of Phoenix MBA program graduate, I would like to share some of the discussions from my experience with the University. These discussion questions are here to give you an idea of what to expect during the program. Of course, they are meant to encourage your own thoughts and responses. Please, please, don't simply turn in my work as your own. That's just obnoxious... and it's plagiarism, which will get you expelled from the University.

Also, please have a look at an excerpt from the course syllabus below... compare to your own to ensure that you are, in fact, following the proper course.

This is Week 1, Discussion Question 4 of MGT/521, v5.

Please ensure that you are following the correct course.
Please ensure that you are following the correct course.

Week 1, Discussion Question 4

How might presenting effective arguments differ in the classroom, daily life, and your job? Would you use different types of supporting evidence to make your argument? Explain.

Ever had to present an argument to someone that just didn't get it?
Ever had to present an argument to someone that just didn't get it? | Source

Sample Answer

In order to answer these questions, let us first make some assumptions in an effort to create a benchmark, so to speak...

  • Initially, let's assume that the presented argument is consistently similar between the environments (the classroom, daily life, and work).
  • Secondly, let's assume that the supporting evidence is also consistently available in a similar fashion to all parties involved regardless of the environment in which the argument is presented.
  • Finally, let's assume that the argument is presented to recipients that are of equal socioeconomic standing, possess roughly the same cognitive capabilities, and that they are capable of expressing themselves without radical outbursts or bias. In other words, let's assume that recipients can be or are peers.

With these factors in mind, one may argue that the presentation would be equally simple or difficult regardless of the environment. Considering that the target audience would be effectively equal, the presentation may also be equal or quite similar. However, if any of these factors is taken out of consideration, one may argue that the presentation will differ in style and tone to a degree that is fitting for any particular case. As others have mentioned, we tend to make arguments in a more relaxed manner with our own peers or class mates in personal interactions than we do with colleagues or superiors.

In either case, the supporting evidence for an argument's position could (perhaps should) very well be the same. However, the style in which this evidence is to be presented may vary somewhat in each situation.

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