You may not think of it that way, but you are already debating all of the time! Some of these debates are more important than they seem. Your real-life opponent is just not a friend in a prepared club debate. Your real-life opponent is a colleague at a departmental meeting. He might be trying to convince the rest of your colleagues and your boss that he should have a bigger slice of the budget for his projects and that the burden of cuts should fall on you. Or it could be a debate on why the new bypass should not be built where your house currently stands.
In short, any situation with two sides arguing is a debate! And learning the skills skills to get to the heart of the matter at hand and to recognise logical fallacies in your opponent's arguments will help you succeed in your goals.
Not only will you increase your debating skills, you will also learn how to improve as a speaker. You will learn how to get your message across clearly and confidently in all situations like a job interview, a presentation or a board meeting.
A meeting will normally consist of a table topics debate where you have just a couple of minutes to persuade the audience of a given motion. Table topics are followed by a formal debate, where two teams duke it out to win over most of the attending members.
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The Guardian reported on the 5 Dec 2018: "The French government has bowed to gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protesters and abandoned the fuel tax rise that has sparked more than three weeks of violence and seen parts of central Paris in flames." For many environmentalists, this political defeat of President Macron was however a disappointment, to say the least. Given these headlines, calling the debate on a tax to discourage the use of fuel a hot topic is therefore an understatement! All the more a reason to tackle the motion "THW impose punitive taxes on fossil fuels" in our next 104 debate!
Claim a free ticket (capped at 50) on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/104-london-debaters-workshop-debate-analysis-tickets-54993301445
In this participatory workshop, you will learn the absolute essentials of a debate and what makes a good debate, including:
- Definition of key terms
- Logical fallacies
This workshop is for enthusiastic debaters, Toastmasters who want to learn new skills, people who enjoy sound and engaging arguments, and anyone who wants to become a more persuasive and influential speaker.
Jason Maude – distinguished guest and cofounder of Great Debaters Club.
Paul Carroll – Founding President of 104 London Debaters and former UK & Ireland Toastmasters Table Topics Champion.