When you stand in front of panel of adjudicators…lots of things flashing in your brains of “what if”….what if I do wrong, what if I put some loophole in my team case, what if I dont know what to say during my speech, etc… Well here I wanna share my experience of how to deal with such things….
First of all, u need to be structured! No compromise in this part,because this is the fundamental of good debate. You can start with telling the audience of the current condition or ideal condition related to the motion. Addressing the issue and pointing out some weaknesses of the current situation will be a good way to bridging your openings to your case. Once you manage to do that, mentioning your theme line and team split will have to come first, then you can continue with elaborating the motion in terms of define the motions, parameter, limitation,burden of proof and mechanism (if any), then you may start your arguments. Please remember, after finishing your arguments, do not forget to restate it again to sum up what you have been mentioned earlier.
Beside those technicalities, please aware that manner does matter! Debate with good manner will certainly helps you to build a connection to audience n jurors.
Last but not least, a wise man says “practice makes perfect” but “nobody perfect” so why bother practicing? It turns out the wise man,not so wise at all..practice doesnt make someone becoming perfect, but it does make someone better than he/she used to be, so practice, practice and practice! No one will expect you to have an awesome performance at ur first, second, or even on your first 20 debates! My advise is, dont try to impress other, but try to break your limitation n fly high!
Herry Kent- 3rd Speaker Specialist hwhehhehe
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