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Debate Workshop

Learn how to win your debate at the Leadership Institute’s Debate Workshop taught by speech writer Dr. John Shosky.

The Debate Workshop takes place at the Leadership Institute’s Steven P.J. Wood Building located in Arlington, VA.

Former speech writer for three presidential administrations, Dr. John Shosky, will be your instructor for this informative and hands-on workshop.

Attendees will learn the essential elements of debate during an introductory lecture. You’ll analyze successful and unsuccessful debate techniques using real-life examples. Attendees will then have an opportunity to deliver and to defend a winning opening and closing statement.

Who it’s for:

  • Political strategists and advocates
  • Policy experts
  • Current or future elected officials and candidates
  • Anyone preparing for an upcoming debate

How you’ll benefit:

  • Effectively communicate your platform to your audience through strategy and preparation
  • Develop an opening statement
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Handle the unexpected and stand your “rhetorical ground”

What to expect: In this full-day workshop, you will receive the essential skills for developing a winning argument at your next debate. After the lecture portion of the workshop, you will prepare an opening statement for the given topic during a working lunch. Next, you’ll practice these statements in an exercise by delivering your opening statement and taking questions from your peers. The instructor will give feedback during this debate exercise.

What’s included:

  • Welcome packet and notepad
  • Notes and training materials
  • Personalized critique of your opening statement
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Copy of footage

Cost: $60.00*

*Ask us about student and group rates.

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