• Training

    Overview of training workshops and how to sign up

    Venue for all training workshops

    Day and time

    All workshops on Saturdays from 11 am until 4.30 pm (see below for dates).

    Format

    Morning masterclasses and

    afternoon mock debates.

     

    Work in small groups to get comfortable speaking in front of the whole room.

    Admission

    FREE for members

    £50 for non-members

    Debating for Beginners

    January 13th, April 28th and August 11th

    We look at how debates work, when they are most appropriate, and where to start if you are preparing to speak in one for the first time.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will provide an overview of the 3Ps - philosophy position presentation - and some basic techniques for combining them to build a case in defence of your position.

    Structuring your Speech

    February 3rd, May 12th and September 1st

    What to include, what to leave out, and what order to put it all in when you are preparing to give a talk or a speech and don’t have much time.


    Specifically, the workshop will introduce you to the iDEAs methodology that can be applied to any form of persuasive communication from delivering presentations to writing cover letters and, of course, debating.

    Clarifying your Position

    February 17th, June 2nd and September 15th

    How to clearly and concisely communicate exactly where you stand and why, so that your audience can sum up your position in a single sentence.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will show you how to define your position, so that it means the same thing to everyone, and how to explain to your audience in plain English of what it would mean to support your idea.

    Framing the Argument

    March 3rd, June 16th and September 29th

    How to map out major fault lines between different perspectives and use them to generate content, anticipate objections, and stay one step ahead.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will show you how to predict what line of argument someone is likely to take on a particular issue, depending on the world-view they hold, and how to respond if and when they do.

    Engage and Persuade

    March 17th, June 30th and October 13th

    How to build a rapport with your audience, so they see the world through your eyes and give what you have to say the consideration it deserves.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will introduce you to Aristotle's three pillars of rhetoric: ethos, pathos, and logos, and show you how to apply them in live public debates, especially when you are defending an unpopular position.

    Confronting Bias

    March 31st, July 14th and November 3rd

    How to detect and confront attempts (accidental and deliberate) to mislead the audience by jumping to a false conclusion that preys on their biases.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will introduce you to logical fallacies, arguments that jump to conclusions based on false or untested assumptions, but can still be very persuasive if they confirm a widely held bias.

    Taking Questions

    April 14th, July 28th and November 17th

    There are only two reasons you will ever be asked a question in a debate – we look at both and explore how to use the Q&A to influence the audience.

     

    Specifically, the workshop will show you how to answer leading questions designed to undermine you, using examples from past debates, and deal with a hostile questioner without alienating the rest of your audience.

    Competition Rehearsal

    November 24th

    The entirety of this workshop will be devoted to a rehearsal for the Great Debaters Competition to aid speaker teams with their preparations.

     

    This workshop is open to members only.