|L, P & C Argument Quiz|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Listen up! And don't argue with me! I have a classroom exercise here that will stimulate discussion and set the stage for any communications module – the L P and C argument quiz.
You start by explaining the concept of the LP and C argument methods. In corrections, you will find that there are many argument tactics that others will use on you when they are not permitted to do as they will. I believe that the three chief ways that people argue with you are loud, persistent, and in the contrary manner this is LP and C for short.
Loud – Volume overrules reason. This is just like a sonic bulldozer. This is the shouter's favorite method.
Persistent – Wearing down the opposing party by asking the same question until the answer that the persistent seeks is delivered.
Contrary – A method of simple negation. This is taking the opposite position to frustrate the logic of the person trying to calmly explain why things are as they are.
With the LP & C argument concept explained, you then administer a quiz. The answer for each scenario is one of three things: loud argument style, persistent argument style, or the contrary argument style. You have plenty of choices when you administer the quiz.
Yes, there are many ways argue. But the LP and C methods cover a lot of ground. I'm sure that there is no argument that when you employ this icebreaker, you'll see plenty of energy coming from the class.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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