Hobsons Choice: How to use it next time you’re in court!
April 2, 2009
Finally I found what I’ve always been looking for, ahhh yes Hobson’s Choice.
A Hobson’s choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered, and one may refuse to take that option. The choice is therefore between taking the option or not taking it, colloquially formulated as "take it or leave it." The phrase is said to originate from Thomas Hobson (1544–1630), a livery stable owner at Cambridge, England. To rotate the use of his horses he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.
A lawyer told me about this minutes before I went in to court representing myself. Now looking back I see how important this is. Ever turn made in the court that day I positioned my statements in a way that left little option. That was critical to my success.
Can you believe it, a lawyer gave me free advise that ended up to be the most valuable piece of information I’ve ever had from a lawyer.