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Have you ever considered a debate?  If you have, there are certain speaking behaviors to avoid so you don’t end up in a debacle.  Here they are:

Per an article by Thomas Hicks on LinkedIn, the following should be avoided–

  1. Don’t attack another person.
  2. Don’t generalize or exaggerate.
  3. Don’t present yourself as a know-it-all.
  4. Don’t use ultimatums or threats.
  5. Don’t be disrespectful.
  6. Don’t interrupt.
  7. Don’t raise your voice.
  8. Don’t walk away until it’s over.

I realize that’s a long list of don’ts but they come in handy, not only in debates but in other types of communication.

It’s imperative to prepare yourself for any type of communication encounter and debates are no exception. Know the purpose behind any debate.  That purpose is to show multiple sides of important issues. Debates do not look for “one true answer” to controversial issues. What the speaker wants to accomplish is to present the facts for a particular point of view. To do that effectively, it is important to have all the evidence at your disposal.  It’s also imperative to listen to what another speaker says and to make eye-contact.

Doing the above will assist with your credibility and avoid creating a debacle.  If you’d like to discuss an upcoming debate and your role and preparation, feel free to contact me by email [email protected] or call 518-664-6004.  I can offer assistance remotely or in-person, depending on what’s most convenient for you.