Advanced Tactics

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

ADVANCED TACTICS

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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Advanced Tactics

  1. 1. Advanced 3-on-3 Member Training<br />March 2010, Fiona Prowse<br />www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br /><ul><li> The basics
  3. 3. Before the debate
  4. 4. Topic selection
  5. 5. Prep
  6. 6. Shaping the debate
  7. 7. Case construction
  8. 8. Making arguments
  9. 9. Manner
  10. 10. Team dynamics
  11. 11. Questions?</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  12. 12. The Basics <br /><ul><li>Don’t make bad arguments
  13. 13. Don’t make shit up
  14. 14. Don’t knife your teammates
  15. 15. Don’t laugh at opposition teams, no matter how dumb they may be
  16. 16. Don’t try to hide team members
  17. 17. Don’t debate for a speaker prize
  18. 18. Always get feedback, listen to what adjudicator says</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  19. 19. Before the Debate<br /><ul><li> Topic Selection
  20. 20. Play to your strengths
  21. 21. Consider the opposition’s strengths
  22. 22. Always be prepared to debate your second preference
  23. 23. Prep
  24. 24. Use time wisely – don’t waste it!
  25. 25. Be disciplined, not to the point of stupid</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  26. 26. Shaping the Debate - case construction<br /><ul><li> World view
  27. 27. The clash
  28. 28. Strength n’ steal
  29. 29. Impetus
  30. 30. Models
  31. 31. Detail
  32. 32. Problem-solution
  33. 33. Coming up with arguments</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  34. 34. Making Arguments<br /><ul><li> Counter intuitive
  35. 35. Morally problematic
  36. 36. Assertions</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  37. 37. Manner<br /><ul><li> Tailor to debate
  38. 38. Team manner</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  39. 39. Team Dynamics<br /><ul><li> Preparation
  40. 40. During debates
  41. 41. Frank and fearless
  42. 42. Debriefing</li></ul>www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />
  43. 43. Questions?<br />www.monashdebaters.com | monash_debaters@hotmail.com<br />

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