The Top 5 Things to Focus on in an LD Debate Round with Isabelle Clausen 

The Top 5 Things to Focus on in an LD Debate Round with Isabelle Clausen 

LD Workshop (all leagues)

Thur. Nov. 1, 7:00pm CT

$5 Members/$20 Non Members 

Isabelle Clausen is excited to share her expertise and the lessons she learned debating  in Lincoln Douglas Debate. She has created her list of the top 5 things every LD debater should be sure to focus on during their debate round. Be sure to join us, Thur. Nov. 1, to get her valuable information and analysis.

1. Why the topic should matter to the judge.

Oftentimes students forget that the person they are supposed to persuade is the judge, not their opponent. What students have to realize that while they can never get their opponent to agree with them, they can get their judge to side with them. This is why it is important to relate the topic to the judge.

2. Which perspective your opponent is arguing from.

Although you are supposed to focus on persuading the judge rather than your opponent, it is vital that you understand the perspective your opponent is coming from. In order to attack your opponent’s argument at its heart, you must determine their point of view. I will be teaching why this is so important, as well as how you can use this knowledge to leverage your refutations in the debate round.

3. Which arguments have priority in the round.

As you probably know, debate rounds contain countless arguments. Most of the time, it is impossible to fully explain and refute ALL of the arguments in all of the speeches within the round. Because there are so many arguments and so little time, you have to learn how to pick and choose which arguments to discuss. 

4. How to formulate winning voting issues.

Voting issues really tie up your debate round. Oftentimes, even if a student has a bad round, they can still win if they execute their voting issues well. Not only should voting issues share why you should win, but they also should share what the round is about. During this workshop, I will give you templates on how to create certain voting issues depending on what you are trying to prove. 

5. How to end each speech with impact and purpose.

After you share you constructives, your rebuttals, and your voting issues, you need to allocate yourself enough time after each speech to end on an impactful note. These include relating to your judge, relating your speech back to the value, and sharing why your side upholds the value better. This workshop will teach you how to not run out of time and instead end on a confident and impactful note rather than a rushed and frazzled one.

I hope to see you all  this workshop! God bless you all! 🙂 


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