Statement: Solar power is a better solution than nuclear energy in terms of providing a power source.
Pro Team: Yenny and Min Seo (Solar Power)
Con Team: Nam and Jun (Nuclear Energy)
Radical Inventions DEBATE REFLECTION
From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.
I have learned more about the art of persuasion, such as that you have to be calm but also use different tones of voices, but to never shout. Also I have learnt that speak clearly, explain, to act confident, even if you’re not and to be respectful to the audience, judges, as well as the opposing team. Also in the art of persuasion, you have to make eye contact and you have to not say ‘umm’ or ‘ahh’ as a filler word.
How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.
As a debater to establish credibility, you have to get information from reliable sources and to state them as you present your arguments. If you learn how to stay calm, focus on the topic, speak clearly, explain, and cite your sources, you yourself earn credibility from the audience and the judges and it looks as if you fully know what your topic is about. Also, knowing your topic from all angles helps you as a debater and helps to earn yourself credibility.
What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?
I was surprised about the amount of pressure there was. As we were being filmed and having a time limit, I felt very pressured. I was also surprised by the amount of effort that was put in for one debate such as the time keeping, the moderator and much more and I was generally surprised on how well the debate looked and sounded as it looked more professional and real than I imagined.
What were you most proud of in your own debate?
I was most proud of my opening statement as well as my conclusion. I felt though as if my opening statement captured the audience’s attention well, and my conclusion left a strong message behind with something to think about. I was also proud of the amount of evidence I had for my claim as well as citing my sources as I was presenting.
What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?
If I could do the debate again I would have slowed down while speaking as well as speaking more during the open rebuttal. I would also want to be more prepared for the open rebuttal, even though I had a lot of information of the topics I have felt the opposing team might ask about, I definitely felt like I could add some more effort into improving it.