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Technique of the week

Winter break

You will find the next technique of the week at the beginning of January when the debate nights continue. We wish you happy holidays!

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Matching analogies

‘Anti-discrimination laws refer to legislation designed to prevent discrimination against particular groups of people’. Nobody should sound like a Wikipedia article. Everybody should use analogies.

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Lively humour

Although the average person laughs ten times per day, this number may vary during conferences. If your presentation is as exciting as the broadcast of a chess game, jazz it up with a joke.

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Appeal to emotions

How do you get frenetic applause and win people over? Not by asking for it. The secret lies in appealing to emotions but ascertain whether you picked the right one.

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Slippery slopes

Be careful. Reading this blog post will teach you elements of dark rhetoric, which increases the chance of you becoming an evil manipulator and destroying the human race or even the planet. You have been warned.

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Getting to the core

Remembering your speech is easier than you think. Instead of learning every word by heart, summarise your core message. If you can say it in one sentence, chances are high that you can say it in one hour.

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Surgical strikes

What is the best reaction in a debate? We should be quick on the trigger and put the other side on the defensive. An English programmer ranked the best levels of attack.

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An argument's anatomy

A single question should never make your entire case crumble. If you want to build a strong position, examine each element of your argument. Solid evidence coupled with reliable reasoning can result in convincing claims.

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Allusion is not a sin

Not everyone with expertise sticks out as an expert. Fortunately, a rhetorical device exists that can make you look like a descendant of Socrates: competent and eloquent at the same time.

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It’s not what you say

Communication is like capoeira; it takes two. The same message can have diametrical effects if we do not keep the receiver in mind. This is why marketeers and pollsters developed tools to segment audiences.

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Summer break

You will find the next technique of the week at the end of August when the debating nights continue. We wish you a relaxing summer!

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Presenting numbers

169 goals, 29 penalties, 9 late winners - Statistics can provide valuable information and enhance your credibility. The question remains whether a fact is good or bad. Present meaningful figures in three steps.

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Introducing emotions

“You’re so emotional.” Does this phrase make you shake your head or smile? Many believe expert speakers should hide their feelings and merely share neutral facts. If the audience perceives you as knowledgable, it is great work albeit a job half done.

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Creating periods of suspense

To deliver a message with power, to get your audience’s attention, to hold your thought with suspense, to build to a crescendo with several phrases, to complete with style, these are challenges a periodic sentence can easily solve.

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