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Debating “Do’s and Don’ts”
1. State your case.
2. Do not try and tell the reader what your opponent will post. You may be wrong.
3. Be positive and confident in what you are going to prove or support.
4. If you can’t prove it or support it, don’t claim it.
5. Whether you believe in it or not, make the reader think that you do.
6. Pick a direction and stay the course.
7. Use ALL or as close as possible to ALL of your character count.
8. NO!!! “EX” Use your own words.
1. Answer as many of your opponent’s comments as you can.
2. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR OPPONENT TO GOAD YOU.
3. Stay on topic and in relation to your opening.
4. STAY AWAY from “EX” (External Quotes), use “Links” (URLS) instead. (They save space and do the same thing
5. USE as much of your character count as possible. (Walk away and come back to it if you get a “Brain Freeze”)
6. Watch for openings such as your opponent straying off topic.
7. READ ALL of your opponents replies more than once.
8. If you make a qualifying comment, make sure you support it with a “Link”.
1. Conclude with assertions of what you have proven.
2. Do not use the closing for replies unless it helps establish a closing.
3. AGAIN! Be confident in what you have presented.
4. AGAIN! Use your entire character count.
Lastly, remember research, research, research is the key of course.
If you draw a side that you do not believe in, do not despair or give in, if you look you will find information that will support any side of any debate. Find it and form your debate around that foundation.
Use Your Imagination
You CAN win if YOU think you can