“The power of real debate is in the language and intellectual honesty of the debaters, alongside the engagement of spectators” – Ruzwana Bashir
A winning debate is judged on the basis of various parameters but one thing that contributes in making it a big hit is the manner in which you exhibit your communication skills. In simpler words, good communication skills constitute the heart and soul of a great debate.
To excel in presentations and debates, you need to depend heavily on the content. If you have valid arguments and formulations in mind, you can make a great impression on the audience that might want to hear more.
Stick to the point
Even the best of draft and good points in a debate/ presentation won’t really count much if the delivery is not good. Good communication skills is a must to leave an impact on the listener/ audience. At the same time, you also should know how to skim and skip certain parts and in order to avoid sounding repetitive and boring; you should be able to stick to the main arguments.
Let the audience participate
This is mostly true in the case of presentations. You need to encourage the audience to participate and thus the choice should be for an extremely interactive session. Keep asking questions and involving them throughout.
Grammar is crucial
While it’s true that all the above mentioned points must be taken into consideration, one thing that you should never forget to pay your dues to, is Grammar. You may have some valid points to make and may also succeed in catching the attention of the audience but then what about your language? It’s always advisable to practice and revise once if possible, keeping Grammar in mind.
Intonation and Pronunciation is the key
Sounding good is more than essential when it comes to presentations and debates. Be careful with the intonation, the pronunciation and most importantly with the tone and pitch. Make sure that you are not too loud or inaudible. Also, lay emphasis on words that are important, voice modulation makes a huge difference in not letting things get too monotonous.