What is it and how to prepare a debate?

The debate is one of the forms of oral communication whose objective is to expose different positions, ideas found with respect to a certain topic, in order to reach a conclusion or synthesis (although it is not always achieved and a greater uncertainty is left) by means of the exposure of a given topic, sustaining them from different perspectives.

¿Qué es y cómo preparar un debate?

Feature of the debate

In the debate there is duality, different, different points of view. For example: A debate on abortion or euthanasia, etc. can be prepared. In which case a person or group of people will speak in favor of abortion and will present their arguments; Meanwhile, another person or group of people will argue against abortion, and will also present their arguments.

Ultimately, it is up to the audience to draw their own conclusions regarding the topic, perhaps to arrive at an intermediate synthesis, to a position in which ideas are collected from one lake and another.

What is it and how to prepare a debate?

The first thing to do when preparing a debate is to choose the topic that is going to be discussed.

After this, people who because of their knowledge or their positions on the subject can speak about it will be sought. Of course, these people must have opposing positions, perceptions in favor and against with respect to the subject treated.

Likewise, a coordinator and a moderator should be chosen, whose functions are very similar to those of the coordinator and moderator of the panel (see Functions of the panel moderator), although in this case, the moderator may address the topic, perhaps with a questionnaire that the two sides will respond).

Here, unlike the panel, there are no written times for each person’s answers (although the debate itself, if it has a defined time in which it will take place).

In a general aspect, a meeting between different people defending a personal position is considered a debate. That is to say, here there is not much alternative to decide for or against a topic, but each one has different positions with respect to the subject. For example: a presidential debate. In this case, each candidate for the presidency simply defends his own campaign, his own intentions or perceptions.

In the case of the school or school we have the “school debate”, in which case it is the students who carry it out, taking into account the guidelines already proposed.

One thing that can be called as a general rule in any debate, is that whoever makes the best arguments is the winner undoubtedly. Someone might be at the reason for something, but if you don’t weigh your claims with solid, precise arguments, you could be overcome by the one who somehow looks for you and thus backs up your thesis, even if this is a lie. Hey there’s the importance of the art of argumenting, which is closely linked to the art of persuadeness. It’s about giving the best reasons why the ideas you’re proposing are the ones that should be chosen.

What is it and how to prepare a debate?
Source: Education  
June 20, 2019

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