How to Improve Debating Skills

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Sanchell Taylor
Instructor: Tiffanie Snead
SPH 107
February 9, 2013

What makes a Great Debater?
When analyzing the four students on the debate team at Wiley College, I learned they had a great deal of power through their work while using public speaking as a means to rally, motivate and inspire people. The students learned how to research, to evaluate sources, to articulate arguments clearly, and to use words as a weapon. As I speak about the team members my main focus will be on how well they maintained eye contact, voice and posture, nonverbal communication, tone and how well the audience received them. There were four students on the debate team, three males and one female. Their presentations and materials help the team command the attention of their audience. Samantha Booke was the only female to serve on the debate team. During her first debate, she was somewhat nervous, fidgeting with her hands, some distractions from audience walking and talking when deliberating her speech. However Samantha remained great eye-contact, good posture and spoke clearly and stated facts. She became strong in her debate and even a little emotional. As she continued to practice she became more confident in her speeches.

Henry Lowe one of the most dominate speakers on the team gives a great and emotional performance (speech). He seems to be torn between his emotional and rational impulses. He always remained eye-contact and even used hand gestures to get the audience to focus, and this showed in their attention to him when listening to his speech. Henry was very strong in his debate and spoke clearly. Hamilton Burgess one of the strongest debaters had great eye-contact, strong voice and repeated hand motions when speaking to deliver his message. However he had to quit the team as his father requested, which left the team with one less team member. During his absence...
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