The Art of Questioning (Historical Edition)

Published on Jan 12, 2019

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE

The Art of Questioning (Political Edition)

NYC Urban Debate League - www.debate.nyc

Political Edition

  • Examples from "Right," "Left," "Conservative", "Liberal," "Moderate"
  • Not interested in whether they are right or wrong but their tactics in questioning

Topic - NFL Protest Kneeling during Anthem

  • Texas Senator Candidate, Beto O’Rourke
  • respect of questioner & other side
  • history, storytelling, themes

Donald Trump

  • Making fun of the question
  • Evading the question
  • Criticizing the questioner
  • Playing to the Audience

Obama

  • Respectful
  • Honest
  • Confidence, maintains his cool even when shouting

David Cameron

  • Prime Minister, Great Britain
  • House of Commons Questions
  • Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor
  • Gap year in school he attended Debates at the House of Commons and served as a Researcher
  • Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor, Humor

Mr. Rogers v. US Senate

  • Don't have to be loud, yelling, emotional
  • Context - PBS needed funding from US Senate. Republicans traditionally not supportive of PBS
  • Don't have to be loud, yelling, emotional
  • Win over the toughest audiences with personal stories

But first... Mr. Rogers who?

Ben Shapiro, Conservative Commentator

Defensive Strategies

  • Catching Non-Arguments (Logical Fallacies)
  • Not getting emotional
  • Avoiding Generalized Statements/Questions. Make them be specific
  • Know your arguments inside and out

Defensive Strategies

  • No need to defend honor. Humility. Humbleness. Stick to points

Offensive Strategies

  • "Snuck Premises" - introducing a contended point as a given
  • Moving Abstract to the Concrete
  • Emphasize conditions under which you would agree with your opponent