It is not an easy task to win a debate. But it is not impossible too. You just need to be smart and seize the correct opportunities. You need to keep repeating your points,
use intonation and modulation, build on others ideas and involve the audience with wit and humor.
Here are some ways in which you can win Debates:-
- KISS-KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE:-
Fluency in the English language also helps you win debates and extempore and make a name for yourself in extracurricular activities.
The magic formula is to keep it short and simple. Don’t preach or lecture. Just keep your points forward in the simplest manner possible and you will definitely emerge the winner.
- BUILD ON OTHERS IDEAS:-
Many others who have their chance to speak before you will have generated many new ideas which you can use to your advantage and thus you can build your arguments on the foundations of the other participant’s ideas as well.
- REITERATE AND EMPHASIZE YOUR POINTS:-
It is a good idea to reiterate and keep repeating what you want to emphasize. Hitler in his autobiography says that ‘even a lie repeated thousand times sounds like the truth’, thus use this formula to drive home your front and arguments.
- ENGAGE AND INVOLVE:-
It is a good idea to engage and involve your audience. You can also use humor to entertain them and some sarcasm is also fine. Try to keep them hooked to your arguments using effective intonation and voice modulation.
- ASK QUESTIONS FROM YOUR AUDIENCE:-
You can also ask questions and suggestions from your audiences and improve your arguments with crisp, precise and to the point answers.
- LISTEN CAREFULLY FOR LOGICAL AND FACT FLAWS:-
It is also very important to listen carefully for flaws in other debater’s logics and misrepresented facts. By pointing out these you strengthen your arguments and gain an edge over your competition.
- ATTACK IS THE BEST DEFENCE:-
As Machiavelli said ‘ATTACK IS THE BEST DEFENCE’, you can use this tool to win over a tough argument by going after the opposing side by attacking them on all four sides with logical arguments and rhetoric.
Thus by using these manipulative tools you can win each and every debate you participate in. In the end it is the loudest voice which has the best logic, which is heard and thus you need to repeat, attack and find flaws all the while building your arguments on other debaters previously stated ideas.