How to Greet in a Debate

Opening a debate, the right way can help you gain more interest in the audience thought, attention and position.

However, before you screed of the track making points solidly blue and trying to build your position.

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Work on your opening, I strongly suggest you take time to research the topic, gather solid facts about the topic, and craft a grandiloquent opening.

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In today’s tutorial, we will be learning how we to begin a debate in an eloquent manner that will leave the audience with a remarkable impression.

In this tutorial, we will be looking at four ingredients that spices up your voice before a debate is tabled.

Four Ways To Start a Debate

1. Tell a Captivating Story: This can be personal experience or a story you have heard about. You can tell a story about a popular person, a person your audience knows or even a wisdom tale.

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  • Take for instance, I was asked to write a debate on a topic against feminism. I can shoot off my story from this angle, either cooked up or not. “As a child, raised by a single parent, bruised and injured at the heels on a mismanaged marriage, I have but come to the end that understanding should be as basic as love and agreement as important as trust to lead a succeeding marriage; lest, no yoke will pull such matrimony together longer than the sun shine…” then go on and tell some important part of your story.

2. Ask a Rhetorical Question: Rhetorical questions are used to provoke the audience thought, it is a psychological trick to lure your readers into thinking deeper on what message you are trying to pass, when your audience try to share in your thoughts and beliefs through trying to answer your questions, they began to see from the position you stand, and of course, you are winning them over.

3. Use a Powerful Quote: Using quotes in speeches ignites your motion or point ad adds credibility to your voice. Quotes also highlight that you understood what you are saying and believe in yourself, this are signs the audience is looking for. Try making relevant quote and try quoting well-known people, or people your audience knows.

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  • For example, imagine you are giving a speech about humanity and Ubuntu. You could open with, ‘Mother Terrassa said “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”’ 

4. Greet your audience: You can start your debate by acknowledging your audience and opponents, the method or way by which you can regard your panel of jury, co-competitors, colleagues, or even audience is not regular. It is a debate, not a speech making. Be free to express yourself. However, this method is a conventional method and it has lesser effect in catching your audience attention, it may have turn cliché.

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