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Debate Workshop

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What you will learn

Debate Workshop

Persuade and Engage

Learn how to win your debate at the Leadership Institute's Debate Workshop taught by speechwriter Dr. John Shosky.

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

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

You will learn the essential elements of debate during an introductory lecture. You'll analyze successful and unsuccessful debate techniques using real-life examples. You 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:

  • Learn how to win your debate
  • Effectively communicate your platform to your audience through strategy and preparation
  • Develop a solid opening statement
  • Debate your opponent through Q&A
  • Handle the unexpected and stand your rhetorical ground

What to expect: In this full-day workshop, you will receive the essential skills to develop 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 your statement 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
  • Personal critique of your opening statement
  • Breakfast and lunch

Cost: $60.00*

*Ask about student and group rates.

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Starts Thursday, December 10

Thu 10:   9:30 AM  - 3:00 PM EST


This training is online.


$30.00 $10.00 discount for early registration until 12/1/20 Your Cost: $20.00


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Your faculty

John Shosky

John Shosky

President, Roncalli Communications

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for thirty years. He has written almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates. This amounts to over seven million words on the public record.

He has been a speechwriter at the highest levels of government. Dr. Shosky has served in the Reagan, Bush (41) and Bush (43) Administrations, working in the Executive Office of the President, White House Public Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition, Dr. Shosky is the author of two books: Speaking to Lead, London: Biteback Publishing 2010, and The Words of our Time, London: Biteback Publishing 2012.

In a recent review of The Words of our Time, former Tony Blair speechwriter Phillip Collins wrote “Shosky's introduction is so full of insight and great tips that I wanted more. He knows what he is talking about.”