Hello everyone! Most of us have seen or is aware of the Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney. And one had to ask; what should be the norms in a debate? What should not be done? To answer that, here is a short article on do’s and don’ts in any formal debate:
- First, always plan ahead. Think of what your opponent might say and what you should counterattack with.
- Be logical. Make sure what you are saying makes sense, and not just to piss off the other party or sidetrack the debate. The audience does not like flowery words which mean absolutely nothing. Sure you can put in some witty phrases to knock your enemy down, but keep in mind that this is a debate of thoughts and ideas.
- Show emotion on your stand. Don’t just say words because this is your side, but because you completely agree with it. Show to the opponent and to your audience that ‘this is what I think is right and this is what should be because…’ and then state your reasons, which should also be logical and practical.
- If you can, train with someone to practice your verbal skills to. It can be a friend or a classmate to help you prepare for the madness of an upcoming debate, and can take your nervousness out.
- If you are in a group, always coordinate with them, and do not just make your own stand or phrase. Remember that you are always together throughout the fight so make sure that all of your opinions can be summarized into one general idea that does not conflict any of your stands.
- Also, if you’re in a group, remember to have your members listen to the debate course, as to what has already been said or not, as repeating the same idea of someone else will make them look stupid.
- And lastly, don’t be nervous – just go on with your stand! Show them who the boss is!
“Debates can be won not only by the cause, but also by the choice of words.”