I went to the Debating Masterclass for two main reasons.
One reason being that I have experienced a few situations when I was in a discussion or an argument and just could not think of the right words to say there and then. I wanted to be able to think on my feet rather than realizing hours later all the great points I could have made, if they had only come to me right away.
The other main reason for me to come along was that I had watched the World Debating Championship in Brussels and I was so impressed that I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and learn how to do this.
Right away the great atmosphere enabled a learning environment that made me put aside my initial fear of standing up in front of people. I felt very much encouraged and supported by the other participants as well as the trainers. I even began to almost enjoy being constantly pushed out of my comfort zone, especially when seeing the progress all of us made during the course of the day.
The trainers, Karen and Scott, catered to the different needs of the novices as well as the experienced debaters and managed to achieve a learning experience for all participants.
Over all, it was a great experience; I learned a lot and stretched my comfort zone. I will definitely participate in next year’s Debating Masterclass.
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