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Do you love a good debate?

Are you looking to improve your public speaking skills?

If so we welcome you to join us at Advanced Debaters Toastmasters club. Advanced Debaters combines public speaking practice with the debate format and lets you polish your skills in a friendly, open, intellectually challenging, politically diverse environment. Our club consists of:

One regular Toastmasters meeting per month of general public speaking practice with prepared speeches, skilled speech evaluations, and short form debates where one attendee with present one side of an argument immediately followed by a counter point. Debate topics will be unknown before the meeting. One Debate meeting per month where members apply all the public speaking and debating skills they’ve learned in a structured debate on a pre-selected topic. Debate teams communicate beforehand and give speeches in favor of their position along with rebuttals of their opposition. Audience members vote Intelligence Squared style stating which side they thought won the debate and if their opinion was changed from when they walked in the room. Additional opportunities to practice will be available for those not debating.

Often the debates continue after the meeting over drinks. Past topics debated included the validity of ghosts, the Second Amendment, Monogamy, “Fake News”, Sunrise vs Sunset, whether Technology is ruining our lives, and, abolishing Valentine’s Day. We look forward to hearing what you’d like us to debate next!

Whether you’re experienced in debate and public speaking or just starting out we welcome you to attend and practice your skills. Let us know if you have any questions on the club or format!

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Universal Basic Income is Right for the USA

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Every 4th Tuesday of the Month we have a "formal" debate - Usually 2 x 2 debaters. Following the vote members and guests can try their own argument for 1-2 minutes. Team evaluators will share their observations about debate strategy.

Practice Debate and Public Speaking!

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Prepared speeches and debate style table topics.

Debate Tuesday!

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Every 4th Tuesday of the Month we have a "formal" debate - Usually 2 x 2 debaters. Following the vote members and guests can try their own argument for 1-2 minutes. Team evaluators will share their observations about debate strategy.

Practice Debate and Public Speaking!

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Prepared speeches and debate style table topics.

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Practice Debate and Public Speaking!

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