Benefits of Debate
From daily discussions to formulating life-changing policies, the positive impact of debate has been widespread since ancient times. Today, many public leaders and business professionals enjoy success based on skills acquired as active youth debaters.
Let’s take a look at how debate will benefit you.
Express Yourself. Persuade Others.
Debate enables students to voice their opinions freely, and dynamically. To win judges, debaters are groomed to deliver viewpoints through effective speech techniques such as rhetoric, inflection and hand gestures. As they spend more time speaking before peers, young debaters will naturally gain much confidence.
The groundwork prior to any debate involves hours of research and analysis. The formulation of unique arguments involves major mental muscle. During a debate, the ability to form cogent rebuttals while listening to your opponent requires nothing less than an agile mind. Throughout these, a young debater can only grow sharper.
Call Me Mr. Personality
Students blossom via debate in more ways than one. Watch as a young debater confidently researches assignments, delivers reports and interacts with friends. Young debaters are confident, outgoing and mature. New information is assessed logically and calmly. Best of all, every debater takes decisive steps with conviction.
Through debate, students will gain exposure on case studies from around the world. Listening to different perspectives in a neutral manner not only helps students advance their side of the motion, it inevitably increases their tolerance and understanding of other worldviews, cultural beliefs and social systems.
Debate offers students the rare opportunity to work in groups of diverse cultures, meet friends of different nationalities and visit other countries to compete. Students enjoy the friendship of teammates and learn far more than what any classroom can teach.
The Future is Bright
The skills and experiences a student gains through debate is essential for success in the business environment. The ability to think strategically, take on varying perspectives and persuade; prepares students for leadership positions in the real world.