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Monash Association of Debaters (MAD) Member Training Program 2010 presents:


by Fiona Prowse, 2009 Australasian Intervarsity Debating Champion and Grand FInalist at the 2008 World University Debating Championships

Briefly reviews the basics of good debating before moving into discussion on how to best utilise prep, shape debates to your advantage, construct sophisticated arguments, use advanced manner and establish strong team dynamics.

Presented as session 2, semester 1 in the Intermediate/Advanced Stream.

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  • 1. Advanced 3-on-3 Member Training
    March 2010, Fiona Prowse
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  • 2. Outline
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  • 12. The Basics
    • Don’t make bad arguments
    • 13. Don’t make shit up
    • 14. Don’t knife your teammates
    • 15. Don’t laugh at opposition teams, no matter how dumb they may be
    • 16. Don’t try to hide team members
    • 17. Don’t debate for a speaker prize
    • 18. Always get feedback, listen to what adjudicator says
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  • 19. Before the Debate
    • Topic Selection
    • 20. Play to your strengths
    • 21. Consider the opposition’s strengths
    • 22. Always be prepared to debate your second preference
    • 23. Prep
    • 24. Use time wisely – don’t waste it!
    • 25. Be disciplined, not to the point of stupid
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  • 26. Shaping the Debate - case construction
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  • 34. Making Arguments
    • Counter intuitive
    • 35. Morally problematic
    • 36. Assertions
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  • 37. Manner
    • Tailor to debate
    • 38. Team manner
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  • 39. Team Dynamics
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  • 43. Questions?
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