Achrainer, Christian Mr.

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Master Students
PhD Candidates

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We engage in debates every day and in almost all aspects of life, be it private, social, or professional. Thereby, it is often challenging to persuade others. During the workshop, participants will be provided with techniques and skills to become more convincing. Firstly, we will discuss how to formulate and illustrate an argument by, amongst others, using data, examples, or emotions. Secondly, we will bring arguments in a meaningful order. Thirdly, we will round up the line of argumentation by discussing good opening and closing strategies.

Please note: The focus of the workshop is NOT on written, scientific argumentation (e.g. in academic papers). Nevertheless, several of the discussed techniques can also be applied for this purpose.


  • illustrate an argument and formulate a statement
  • structure an argumentation line
  • effectively prepare for debates
  • take part in debates with more self-confidence
  • convince others of their own position


Christian Achrainer is a Cairo-based freelance consultant and lecturer. Before he moved to Egypt in 2015, he worked as a researcher within the German Council on Foreign Relations’ (DGAP) Middle East and North Africa Program.