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Debating Tips (Part III)

PeriodicPatriot
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2/1/2014 10:34:33 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
You read my other debating things, right? Well, you're halfway done.

Know the Rules

You should not only have a well-reasoned argument ready for your debate, but you should know the format the debate will take. If it's a business meeting, will you be speaking in front of the whole company or just your office? What are the time constraints? Know as much as you can about the structure the debate will take, as well as what is expected of you as a participant.

Stick to the Topic

You know the point you want to make. Don't get sidetracked. If you're trying to convince Aunt Emma that yoga is more effective than Pilates, don't go off on a tangent about step aerobics. Have a clear agenda in mind going into your debate, and stick to it. If you stray too far from your original point, you will weaken your argument and possibly confuse or annoy Aunt Emma.

Keep Within Time Limits

Some debates are more rigidly structured than others. Even if you're not participating in a formal debating event that requires you stay within a set time constraint, don't ramble on interminably. Both your opponent and your audience have limitations as to how much information they can absorb and still be interested. Be concise and avoid too much repetition.

Respect Your Opponent

Even in an informal conversation it's important to let your "adversary" have his say, and let him know he's been heard. Focus on "debating content, not character." You may be challenging a person's point of view, but you're not challenging the individual, or his right to express his thoughts.
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SeventhProfessor
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2/1/2014 11:00:44 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Why did you create three threads instead of three posts in one thread?
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PeriodicPatriot
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2/1/2014 11:05:31 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/1/2014 11:00:44 AM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Why did you create three threads instead of three posts in one thread?

Sorry. I tried putting them together, and it didn't work out as well as I thought it would be.
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PeriodicPatriot
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2/1/2014 11:06:01 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/1/2014 11:00:44 AM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Why did you create three threads instead of three posts in one thread?

I could try again if you want.
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SeventhProfessor
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2/1/2014 11:06:52 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/1/2014 11:06:01 AM, PeriodicPatriot wrote:
At 2/1/2014 11:00:44 AM, SeventhProfessor wrote:
Why did you create three threads instead of three posts in one thread?

I could try again if you want.

It's fine, I was just wondering.
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"bossy r u like 85 years old and have lost ur mind"
~mysteriouscrystals

"I've honestly never seen seventh post anything that wasn't completely idiotic in a trying-to-be-funny way."
~F-16

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