My Debate Statement: The telephone has revolutionize human life in a more significant way than the invention of the refrigerator.
Pro team: Pepe, SungKyu, Esther
Con team: Yeoun Jae, Kolton, Vicky
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- From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
Throughout all the preparation and the actual debate, I have learnt quite a lot of things that I would love to share. Firstly, I now knew that we can persuade in more variety of ways. For example, we can have counterclaims to anticipate and answer the opponent’s refutal, and cite my sources to add credibility. Secondly, I knew that even if I don’t know much about what I need to persuade, I can still persuade with just confidence and the urge to doing it. Thus I realised the meaning of credibility - we aren’t proving that our side is correct, we are persuading and making them to think that our side is correct.
- How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
For me, all my credibility came from my research and preparation. I went and found my informations on only reliable sources. This sources include the sites containing “edu”, “org”, and other popular and common sites that is used by many people. This was due to the fact that “edu” and “org” sites were purely for learning without and profit, whereas other websites may exploit themselves by saying things that are biased, or that are false. To actually prove my credibility, I mostly did it throughout my speech. When I want to cite a source, I usually started by saying “according to ….” so that my opponents know that my sources are reliable and not from just a random site.
- What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
I was so surprised that I proceeded myself all the way through the debate, from the preparation to the victory of the debate. This really surprised me as this debate was the first ever debate that I had, hence had no experience in doing this. Although I was really worrying about the questions that my opponents are going to ask me, I was very happy that I was able to improvise and counter my opponent.
- What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I was really proud that I talked through my speech fluently, without many stammering and hesitating. I also think I was very confident in the way that I have talked to my opponents.
- What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
If I was to do this again, I would really like to work more on my research. This was due to the fact that I didn’t answer clearly when my opponent asked questions to attack us. If I had more research, I think I could have more easily answer the opponent’s question and counterclaim them. Furthermore I think I wouldn’t have stammered much if I had more research, because if I had more research I would have been more confident about what I am saying, and would also know about what I am talking about.
- Additional Comments, Questions, Observations or Suggestions.
I think it was a memorable experience, the debate, and would like to do it again and improve what I didn’t do so well in this debate.