Debating can be broken down into key skills which you can practise and improve. Here are those skills, explained for you simply and clearly.

Dealing with practical problems

Dealing with practical problems

How much should you consider the practical problems associated with a motion?

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How to make a speech

How to make a speech

What are the key techniques that will make your speech more effective?

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Cost-benefit analysis

Cost-benefit analysis

How should you use cost-benefit analysis in debating?

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How to use debating notebooks

How to use debating notebooks

Keeping a notebook (or three) dedicated to debating will give you an extra edge.

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The burden of proof

The burden of proof

What is the burden of proof? How can you use it your advantage?

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Using statistics

Using statistics

How you can use numbers to make your case stronger.

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Principles or pragmatism?

Principles or pragmatism?

Should you do what is right, or what works? Both approaches can support an effective debating case.

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Performing in role

Performing in role

Different positions in debating call for different skills. This article will tell you who needs to do what.

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Building an opposition case

Building an opposition case

How do you make the case for the opposition as effectively as possible?

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How to use debate in the classroom

How to use debate in the classroom

Lessons in any subject (yes, any), can be made more engaging for students by incorporating debating. Here's how.

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Rebuttal

Rebuttal

How to tell people they're wrong.

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Signposting

Signposting

How to structure your speech to make it memorable and easy to follow.

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