Debate Coach

Debate Coach

EP 15

Athens, GA

Male, 54

I have been the director of the Georgia Debate Union for the last twenty-five years. Our program works with intercollegiate debaters who engage in public policy debate (National Debate Tournament style debate). Our coaches collaborate with undergraduate debaters on developing argument strategies for the annual national topic, direct research on that topic, facilitating discussions related to theories of debate, and listen to practice debates and speeches.

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18 Questions


Last Answer on February 04, 2013

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How much does vocal tonality matter re: persuasiveness? Is someone with a high-pitched, nasal / whiny voice at a dramatic disadvantage?

Asked by SamTs over 11 years ago

Intercolleiate policy debate is a high speech data driven activity. Content usually trumps presuasive considerations. In a traditonal public audience debate -- pitch would play an inportant role in determining outcome.

Do you think debate skill is mostly innate? Or could a completely unskilled debater be taught to be great?

Asked by big sir over 11 years ago

Unskilled students can be taught to be good or very good. My own feeling is that personal drive and an innate sense are elements needed to be great.

Who are better debaters: men or women?

Asked by jeremy over 11 years ago

Depends on the person. The 1st speaker at the 2012 NDT was a woman.

Hello, I am currently founding a debate club at Onondaga Community College. This will be a good start but the goal is to organize a debate team to be competitive nationally. We need a debate coach. What do we do?

Asked by Lucky about 11 years ago