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What is DEBATE ?& How to do it well?
Debate is a formal discussion between two or more people with opposing views on a particular topic or issue. The goal of a debate is to persuade others of the validity of one’s own argument while critically examining the arguments of others.
Here are some tips for doing it well:
- Understand the rules: Before the debate, make sure you understand the rules of the format you will be using. Different debate formats have different rules regarding speaking time, rebuttals, and cross-examination.
- Do your research: Before the debate, research the topic thoroughly and gather evidence to support your argument. Make sure to consider opposing viewpoints as well, so you can anticipate and address counterarguments.
- Stay focused: During the debate, stay focused on the topic at hand and avoid getting sidetracked. Be concise and stick to your main points.
- Listen carefully: Listen carefully to your opponents’ arguments so you can respond to them effectively. Take notes during their speeches so you can remember their key points and address them in your rebuttal.
- Be respectful: Treat your opponents with respect, even if you disagree with their arguments. Avoid personal attacks and focus on the merits of their arguments.
- Use persuasive language: Use persuasive language and rhetorical devices, such as analogies, statistics, and emotional appeals, to make your arguments more compelling.
- Practice: Like any skill, debating takes practice. Participate in debates whenever you have the opportunity, and seek feedback from others to help you improve your skills.