Are there any texts which would improve my argumentative skills?
I'm really terrible at arguing/debating, probably couldn't even convince someone that the sky appears blue
>the sky appears blue
you are a shit.
the art of winning arguments is not being right of clever, it's about being confident and assertive.
since you said "appears" and not "is" , it shows that you cling to "truths" that have no real value in actual conversations so that means you will never be able to say something convincingly since you will think/know that it might not be technically true
just outspread your opponent
wew. I feel like a moron now.
How long time do they have to make a rebuttal? Surely it's not off the top of their heads (with notes obviously) immediately after the opponent finish their speech?
Except there is a valid distinction between the statement of an intrinsic quality of something, 'The sky is blue.' versus individual perception and conscious subjective experience of something 'The sky appears blue.'
Well both of those speeches are the last speech of that debate.
and you get to cherry pick 10 minutes of prep time in between the speeches
How to Win Friends and Influence People
There is no winning an argument. People already have their position and will not change until they are ready, ESPECIALLY if you confront them about it. Getting in arguments will just make people more stuck in their position, and maybe even dislike you and stop listening to you entirely.
If you want to convince someone of something new:
1. ASK if they would like your advice, or WAIT for them to ask you for it.
2. Tell them what you think in a polite way.
3. If they reject it, and you've tried once to explain your reasoning, drop it.
If your opponent chooses to ignore what you have said and instead decides to stick with their stance regardless of the strength of your argument, then it doesn't matter your conviction. Debate is pointless with someone incapable of shifting their beliefs unless you have an audience who can draw their own conclusions.
bumping because there are probably more suggestions to be had
You are asking the wrong question. You don't need to read a specific book. You need to become more informed on a wider variety of subjects as well as becoming a more assertive conversationalist..