Some considerations in debate:

“There are six major components which need to be developed when preparing for a policy debate of a change in the status quo. (A good definition of the “status quo” might be: “That which is!“)

  • ANALYSIS: Identifying and arguing the major issues of the debate, with points also considered for effectiveness of cross-examination.
  • REASONING: Effectively creating clash by arguing and presenting one side of the debate, extending an argument, turning the opponent’s arguments against them, exposing faulty logic and extending an argument based on a major item of evidence.
  • EVIDENCE: Quality of sources, applying the evidence to a specific argument, using evidence to support major arguments, showing how well the evidence is understood.
  • ORGANIZATION: Structure of the spoken presentation. For example, the introduction, the arguments and summary. How the tone followed the flow of the debate. Was the presentation coherent and how effectively was time utilized.
  • REFUTATION: Effectively weakening the opponent’s arguments, creating clash and addressing all arguments in the debate.
  • DELIVERY: Vocal clarity, correct pronunciation, poise, gestures, eye contact, projection of personality, sentence structure and grammar.”


Judging a debate, one looks at:

  1. Content: this includes purpose, evidence and arguments.
  2. Strategy: How consistent you and your team are in your case.
  3. Style: verbal presentation, language and body language.



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