Communications Insight For More Inspiring Leaders Debating ...or Something Else?

Debating ...or Something Else?

 1st Feb 2023
Simon Bucknall Public Speaking Mastery
There's a curious assumption that for something to be considered "interesting" there needs to be a bust-up.

We see it in TV and radio interviews.

We see it in debates.

Wow, do we see it in the House of Commons.

Structurally, things are set-up for a verbal fight.

And the point scoring gets tedious. FAST.

Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of the skills development that something like debating can offer.

But it's only one strand of effective communication.

It's not the whole rope.

In my experience of the real world, deals are struck, relationships forged and progress made not by simply beating up the other side in a Punch & Judy show.

Collaboration, teamwork, empathy, finding consensus, incorporating fresh input (even criticism, gasp!) for the overall betterment of the task in hand... these are vitally important.

By contrast, much political #debate - at least what little the public sees refracted through the media - consists of each side sticking their fingers in their ears and shrieking on auto-pilot.

Empathy, dialogue and effective communication WITH each other is surely the key!

#communication #publicspeaking #leadership #teamwork #debating

 I was recently promoted into a role where public speaking and inspiring people has become more central to my ability to be effective. I was amazed by how effective just one session was. I heard indirectly that my presentation had been particularly inspirational - one person even contacted the Director of my organisation to say how impressed he had been. Without any exaggeration, I give all this credit to Simon.


Esther Stevenson | Former Head of Africa, Christian Aid

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