Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lecture: Policy Debate - Dirty Debate Tricks

A discussion among debaters led by Sarah Snider (now Sarah Green) and Kate Shuster held at the 2001 World Debate Institute.

1 comment:

  1. Patrick PhillipsMay 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    I am sure there was a lot of good stuff in this video. Sadly, even to a native English speaker, the points were indecipherable due to the speed of delivery. This is particularly unfortunate because the higher the pitch of the voice, the slower the speed needs to be for someone not familiar with the speakers dialect or accent. Women never get to say as much in a given period! We just can't tune in that fast!
    The other problem is that the speaker appeared to be sitting in the audience where it was impossible to gain benefit from visual clues to help interpret the speech. Being in the dark was part of the problem but the speaker was sitting down to speak. This is always a grave error if you want your audience to hear what you have to say. Stand without moving your feet but let your arms and hands do as much talking as your larynx!
    If you have control of the camera, get it in as tight as possible - upper torso at least.
    I hope these comments will be seen as constructive. I really did want the information I suspect was there was a lot of good stuff in there!