Speakers and format
Most debates you're likely to see feature a panel of big-name speakers giving their own opinions on a topical issue. However, we want debaters who can see past their own biases and present to you the arguments you need to hear, not just the ones they want you to hear. So, we select speakers strictly from the membership of our training programme, where they learn how to construct, analyse, and deliver both sides of every argument, and assign them a position to defend whether they personally agree with it or not.
The debate opens and closes with an audience vote, so we can see where you stand and how many of you have had your minds changed by the speakers - or other audience members. In between, two teams of speakers present the case in favour of the motion being debated and the case against. After cross-examining the speakers in a series of short Q&A sessions, the audience offer their own thoughts on the motion before handing back to the panel for their closing speeches. After the debate, we run a 10-minute focus group made of five or six audience members, so we can give some in-depth feedback to our speakers.
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