In Short

Judgment calls can be difficult. In a situation where the stakes are high, and even the experts disagree, you may not want to make a choice that is, at best, subjective and debatable. But there are many circumstances in which you will have to do just that. You will need to consider any facts you can gather, the advice of others, your intuition, and even your values. Take your time with judgment calls, and with practice, you will become more confident in making them.

Skill Building Until Next Time

■ Although they rely on evidence and prior decisions, judges must make judgment calls frequently. Check the newspaper for a complicated case and find out more information about it online. Look at the evidence that was presented by both sides. On what do you think the judge based his or her decision?

■ Have you ever downloaded music without permission from the Internet? Maybe you know someone who has. Was the decision a judgment call? If so, how did you come to your decision?

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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