In a political debate, you can tell who is losing by listening for who begins to shout the loudest. The person who has to turn up the volume is the one who has run out of logical points to make, or who cannot keep up with the pace of the discussion.
If you’re in a debate and you start feeling overwhelmed, slow down and turn down the volume, rather than up.
Give yourself some time to think by prefacing your remarks: “I want to make sure I say this the way I intend,” or “That’s a good question and it deserves a thoughtful answer.” This gives your brain and your dinosaur emotions a chance to calibrate.
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