Attributes of debate

Taken from the first class by Eliza (thank you!)

Persuasive Attributes

-Deliberate use of words

-Thorough background research


-Interest in the topic

-Deliberate/thoughtful/careful choice of words








->Appealing to emotion

-Clear basis in fact



-Historical evidence

-Considers other perspectives (i.e. respectful)


-Knowledge of the topic

-Eye contact

-Strong values

-Preemptively discounting counterarguments/refuting them




-Histrionics/Extremist theatrics/over-zealous


-Ineffective statistics/excessive facts

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