Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Debating Advice

  1. You will not convince the person that you are debating.
  2. You might convince a witness to the debate.
  3. Name calling and insults from you are unacceptable and will encourage the other side.
  4. If you do not get called names and insulted by your opponent, then you are not debating right.
  5. Mercilessly attack their arguments, not their person.
  6. You demeanor must be polite, cheerful, and in good humor.
  7. You should not get mad, for any reason.  
  8. Stay positive and stay focused, look for the flaws in their arguments and destroy them with your words.


  1. It's not about convincing your opponent, or about winning the argument. It's about winning over the audience, and giving them strong pause to reconsider their assumptions and check their premises.

    1. That's the best description of an argument that I have heard.