Upside Down Debate: a deeper why to persuasion (Paperback)

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Upside Down Debate: a deeper why to persuasion (Paperback)

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If you want to learn to debate without all the jargon (and without losing your soul) Upside Down Debate is for you. You'll be introduced to debate by learning how to listen before you speak, construct a persuasive argument (or "case") for change, connect with your audience, draw on centuries-old wisdom from classical rhetoric, and engage thoughtfully with your opponents. Experienced coaches of both competitive debaters and business clients, Isaiah and Betsy McPeak bring a wealth of debate war stories and real life anecdotes that make Upside Down Debate anything but theoretical. Whether you're a novice, a veteran debater, or a curious outsider to the debate world, you will grasp what it means to master the art of persuasion with one's honor intact. Why "Upside Down?" Communicators often speak from a self-focused perspective--I want to sound good, feel in charge, and get what I want. But this misplaced focus is often the cause of communication breakdowns. Upside Down communication is all about putting your audience first by listening well, thinking well, and only then, speaking well in a disciplined way. You will learn:
  • Multi-format debating: this book teaches value and policy debate at the same time
  • How to build persuading arguments from shared assumptions
  • Six types of arguments that refute at a macro level
  • Six types of arguments that refute at a micro level
  • How to "make a case" for anything, with several alternate structures
  • The deep meaning of the four parts of a debate - topic, sides, audience, and format - with a chapter on each
  • How to transfer debate skills to everyday conversations and business meetings
  • Over 50 examples that illustrate theory with practical experience
"The reader will learn not only the building blocks of debate, but more importantly how to debate with integrity and an eye on persuading others in a manner that will serve beyond high school forensics, into college classes, board rooms and even personal relationships." - TJ Harding, champion debate coach "Upside Down Debate does more than just teach you how to debate. It makes the all-too-often overlooked connection between academic debate and real life." - Chris Jeub, Founder and CEO of TrainingMinds.org; educator, author, speaker.
Isaiah McPeak is a tech entrepreneur by day and debate coach by night. He has consulted and coached Fortune 500 executives, politicians, authors, keynote speakers, and students since 2003, and delivered over 1,000 speeches personally. His presentations have won millions of dollars in contracts and startup funding. He has coached several first place national champion debaters in parliamentary, policy debate, value debate, moot court, and persuasive speaking. Isaiah also was a champion debater in high school and college, placing in the top five nationally on five occasions. Betsy McPeak is a lifelong educator (25+ years), author, presenter, and philosopher. Her work has been published in DVDs and blogs, and she has led dozens of educator workshops and mentored hundreds of teachers in four continents. Betsy has launched four debate clubs and personally coached record-breaking national champion speakers and debaters. Betsy also coaches business leaders in presentation design and delivery.
Product Details ISBN: 9780989445733
ISBN-10: 0989445739
Publisher: Ethos Publications
Publication Date: June 13th, 2016
Pages: 202
Language: English