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Kinesics: Controlling your body while speaking

  Kinesics is the study of movement in communication. Controlling your body while speaking is a good way to maintain attention of the audience and bolsters persuasive messages.

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Refutation and Rejoinder

Refutation and Rejoinder are essential to any argument. Refutation is the skill of attacking the opponents arguments. Rejoinder is revisiting your own after the opponent has attacked yours.

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Rebuttals

  It isn’t over till its over, this video is about finishing strong!

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Criteria and evaluating arguments!

Weighing arguments is not easy. Try using criteria! Criteria and evaluating arguments!  

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Communication Apprehension: Fear of public speaking

Ever wonder why people are so scared of speaking in public. Get some answers!

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Interpreting Resolutions: Planning the Affirmative Case

Interpreting Resolutions The most intimidating part of debating for the first time tends to be figuring out how to start your speech. This is especially intimidating if you are the very first speaker in a debate and have never debated before. Fortunately there are some predictable expectations that most audiences have for how a first […]

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Communication Model

Communication Model It would be easy to assume that communication has been the subject of study for hun-dreds of years, and in a general sense ithasif you count language studies like rhetoric oreng-lish. But, communication, as its own academic field of study really got its start in the early 50’s. The advent of technologies like […]

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Active Listening

Active Listening 
 

 Have you ever heard one song over and over again, and go to the point where you were sick of it? And then for no reason whatsoever, you decide to listen to the lyrics carefully. And suddenly, The song has a whole new meaning to you. Active listening is a complex […]

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Fiat

Fiat Have you ever watched a science fiction movie with a friend that would criticize the believability of the story? “Light-sabers would never work in the real world” or “Warp speed is impossible because nothing can go faster than the speed of light.” Or maybe you watched a movie about a character with super-human abilities, […]

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Advanced Rebuttals

Advanced Rebuttals 16 Advanced Rebuttals1One of the reasons why Chess is such a great analogy for debate, is that in chess, the moves that you make, the strategies that you have home and have consequences. You may very well lose a really important piece, or in the debate analogy may lose a really important argument […]

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