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Think Speak Win

Book Description

Many books on persuasive speaking only teach you how to speak persuasively, but they don't teach you how to also think persuasively. Debaters tend to excel when they are put on the spot, because they know how to think fast, speak well, and win audiences. "Think, Speak, Win: Discover the Art of Debate" provides a first-of-its-kind comprehensive introduction to the basics of debating for young students as well as interested adults, in a light-hearted and interesting style. This book breaks down the skills of debating into simple, memorable, and easy-to-follow chapters, and even covers the basics of coaching a school team and judging a debate competition. The skills of debating can help you achieve greater success at work and school, and this book guides you through a memorable 6-step process to apply "Debate-Thinking" to situations such as interviews, essay writing, impromptu speeches, presentations, and even leadership and management. You will never be at a loss for words again!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
  7. Preface
  8. 1 What is Debate
    1. Debate topics
    2. Debaters
    3. Format and structure
  9. 2 Defining the Objective
    1. Set the context
    2. Simple, clear, specific definitions
    3. Know the aim of the debate
    4. Evaluation criteria
    5. Determine the scope
    6. Avoid unfair definitions
  10. 3 Building a Case
    1. Identify the stakeholders
    2. Structure a case
    3. Create a case-line
    4. Propose a course of action
  11. 4 Logical Arguments
    1. Argument structure
    2. Title
    3. Reason
    4. Evidence
    5. Significance
  12. 5 Rebuttal
    1. Listening and understanding
    2. Finding and analysing the flaws
    3. Rebutting definitions
    4. Rebutting arguments
    5. Defending your case
    6. Preparing rebuttals
  13. 6 Interjections
    1. What is an interjection
    2. Offering an interjection
    3. Responding to an interjection
  14. 7 Style
    1. Visual style
    2. Vocal style
    3. Verbal style
    4. Personal style
    5. Winning over the audience
  15. 8 Putting It All Together
    1. The 6-step debate process
    2. The debate speech
    3. Impromptu debates
    4. Teamwork on the floor
  16. 9 Coaching and Teaching
    1. Selecting a debate team
    2. Training for content
    3. Training for style
    4. Team training
    5. Debate in the classroom
    6. Coaching philosophy
  17. 10 Judging
    1. The role of the judge
    2. Philosophies of judging
    3. Preparation before the debate
    4. Judging a debate
    5. Delivering the verdict
    6. Common mistakes
  18. 11 Applying Debate-Thinking Every Day
    1. What is Debate-thinking
    2. Problem-solving
    3. Writings
    4. Speeches and presentations
    5. Interviews and Q&As
    6. Leadership and management
  19. Summary
  20. Appendix 1: Common Debate Formats
  21. Appendix 2: Sample Debate Topics
  22. Afterword
  23. Acknowledgments