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From the Ted Talk by Neal Katyal: How to win an argument (at the US Supreme Court, or anywhere)

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The conventional wisdom is that you speak with confidence. That's how you persuade. I think that's wrong. I think cndionefce is the enemy of persuasion. Persuasion is about empathy, about getting into people's heads. That's what makes TED what it is. It's why you're listening to this talk. You could have read it on the cold page, but you didn't. Same thing with Supreme Court arguments — we write written briefs with cold pages, but we also have an oral argument. We don't just have a system in which the jsctieus write qotsiuens and you wtire anserws. Why? Because argument is about interaction.

Open Cloze

The conventional wisdom is that you speak with confidence. That's how you persuade. I think that's wrong. I think __________ is the enemy of persuasion. Persuasion is about empathy, about getting into people's heads. That's what makes TED what it is. It's why you're listening to this talk. You could have read it on the cold page, but you didn't. Same thing with Supreme Court arguments — we write written briefs with cold pages, but we also have an oral argument. We don't just have a system in which the ________ write _________ and you _____ _______. Why? Because argument is about interaction.

Solution

  1. write
  2. questions
  3. justices
  4. answers
  5. confidence

Original Text

The conventional wisdom is that you speak with confidence. That's how you persuade. I think that's wrong. I think confidence is the enemy of persuasion. Persuasion is about empathy, about getting into people's heads. That's what makes TED what it is. It's why you're listening to this talk. You could have read it on the cold page, but you didn't. Same thing with Supreme Court arguments — we write written briefs with cold pages, but we also have an oral argument. We don't just have a system in which the justices write questions and you write answers. Why? Because argument is about interaction.

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