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

Defining the motion

Defining the motion

The first speaker in a debate has to define the motion. If you are first speaker, how do you turn this to your advantage?

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The mechanism

The mechanism

What is the mechanism? How can you make it work for you?

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Squirrels and badgers

Squirrels and badgers

What are these animals have to do with debating? How do you deal with them?

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Stakeholder impact analysis

Stakeholder impact analysis

What is stakeholder analysis? How can you use it?

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Building a proposition case

Building a proposition case

How to make the best case you can for the proposition.

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The status quo

The status quo

What the status quo is and how to use it.

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The counter-mechanism

The counter-mechanism

What the counter-mechanism and how to use it.

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Overcoming nerves

Overcoming nerves

How to get past nerves, and ensure that you aren’t prevented by them from taking part in debating.

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Taking notes

Taking notes

How to make your note taking as effective as possible.

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Using media

Using media

How to use TV, radio and newspapers to make you a better informed debater.

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