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Do you get better at debating ?

IceClimbers
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6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )
Subutai
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6/23/2014 8:57:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )

Yes. As with most things, the more you debate, the better you get at it.
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
IceClimbers
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6/23/2014 9:01:11 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 8:57:43 AM, Subutai wrote:
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )

Yes. As with most things, the more you debate, the better you get at it.

lol it just seem like it's really hard lol everyone arguments are well organized and mines is all over the place
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6/23/2014 9:02:31 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 9:01:11 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
At 6/23/2014 8:57:43 AM, Subutai wrote:
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )

Yes. As with most things, the more you debate, the better you get at it.

lol it just seem like it's really hard lol everyone arguments are well organized and mines is all over the place

Read other's debates to see how to better organize your debates. Trust me, the more you debate, the more organized and standardized your arguments will be.
I'm becoming less defined as days go by, fading away, and well you might say, I'm losing focus, kinda drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself.
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6/23/2014 9:11:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 9:01:11 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
lol it just seem like it's really hard lol everyone arguments are well organized and mines is all over the place

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6/23/2014 9:33:30 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )
I've done formal debate for a bit over a year (and now online debate) and I can say with confidence that I significantly grow with every formal/online debate that I do. Don't worry if you don't win every debate when you start out. It gets easier as you go:)
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6/23/2014 9:41:59 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
You actually didn't do a bad job at debating (at least with me). To me, you are already pretty good at debating, all you have to do is organize your thoughts, and use discrepancies to your advantage against your opponent.

Therefore, in your case, I would say, work on your organization and study your opponents style of debating before you debate them. Then, exploit their weakness and catch them off guard.
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6/23/2014 9:45:44 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Think of it like war games or boxing. You have to study your opponent, develop strategies against them, and think ahead of plans they might be thinking up for you.
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6/23/2014 9:48:33 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Yes lol. Just read debates from good people and debate a lot. Practice
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6/23/2014 9:50:32 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 9:45:44 PM, Haroush wrote:
Think of it like war games or boxing. You have to study your opponent, develop strategies against them, and think ahead of plans they might be thinking up for you.

Yeah this is true too. I've won at least a few debates because I controlled the framework. In my debate with Royal over US hegemony, I knew that she would probably win if the debate came down to values so I framed the debate at the very beginning to come down on pragmatism.
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6/23/2014 9:53:44 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 9:50:32 PM, thett3 wrote:
At 6/23/2014 9:45:44 PM, Haroush wrote:
Think of it like war games or boxing. You have to study your opponent, develop strategies against them, and think ahead of plans they might be thinking up for you.

Yeah this is true too. I've won at least a few debates because I controlled the framework. In my debate with Royal over US hegemony, I knew that she would probably win if the debate came down to values so I framed the debate at the very beginning to come down on pragmatism.

You witty little thing you.. :)
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6/23/2014 10:07:43 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )

Yes. Read other's debates and do a lot of them and I guarantee you will improve not only as a debater, but as an intellectual person.
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6/23/2014 11:27:32 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Debating and sex are very similar. The more you debate, like sex, the better you get at it.

Conversely the more you debate the less sex you get, but oh well.
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6/24/2014 5:24:51 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 6/23/2014 8:47:38 AM, IceClimbers wrote:
well i did my first few debates, and at first i thought all you had to was explain your case but then i guess their are certain ways you have to do it,i was wondering do you ever get better the more you do it ? (new here )

Generally yes, my first debate here was God aweful, but not things are more defined and flows better.
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