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Talking points

The more you use your device in conversations, the more you realize that it is not just the facts and details that are convenient to have on your device, but also a set of talking points.  After all, talking points will frame an argument or topic.  Instead of citing a series of related facts, it is nice to thread them with a certain logic.  This logic can be expressed as talking points and carried around on your  device.  Most of the time, however, you will need to prepare these talking points ahead of time, although there are a growing set of web sites that have these for your use.

Problem

You find yourself engaging in conversations on a common set of topics.  For example, there may an event that garners a tremendous amount of public reaction.  You find yourself going back to the same facts to support your opinion, but you are finding it unpersuasive in conversations.

Solution

Instead of citing the facts, build your case and package your argument or opinion in a series using talking points.  Talking points are outlines.   They summarize a series of pints that you want to make and are usually organized in a logical manner.

Recipe

To express your views in a consistent and logical fashion, organize your topic in a series of talking points.

  1. Select two or three topics to investigate.  Do this ahead of time, maybe based on the type of discussions that you are running into.
  2. For each topic, use your device to research the facts and opinions available online.  There are a couple of ways to do this:
    • Start with a question that you want answered.  Let one question lead to another, much the way your curiosity works.
    • Start with a thesis, that is, a statement of conviction or that you believe is true.  Then set about supporting it.
    • Start with a set of facts and aim at reaching a conclusion.
  3. Each approach has its benefits.  But the key is to have an over-reaching goal or organization.  Let your research on the web fill in the gaps.
  4. Summarize each point with a single sentence (if you can).  Add a pertinent line to pint to the reference or support online.
  5. Organize these sentences into a cohesive set of talking points.
  6. Store these talking points into a portable document.  There are many formats to choose from, but you can store these on your mobile device.
  7. When the topic comes up, simply reach for your device and bring up your talking points.

When using your  talking points, use them as a guide for your  conversation.

Also see Mobo Brain: A Guide to Mobile Brainpower

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