The Big Debate series – Observe it, Learn it, Do it!

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As part of the MMU Futures Summer Festival, MMU Futures is offering students the chance to take part in a debate!  Debating is a fantastic way of improving both your speaking and listening skills while building your confidence.  It will help you to rationalise and evidence the point you are making, to organise and prioritise your argument, to listen and then respond to the other side.

Public speaking is an art form, and learning how to formulate and articulate your arguments is a highly sought after skill in the workplace. This skill is useful for many different applications, from preparing for interviews to being able to eloquently respond to an unnecessary put-down.

In order to prepare for The Big Debate, we have organised two workshops/events where you will be able to observe a live debate with the BBC and then learn the skill set required to form an argument and then articulate it.

Here’s how you can Observe it, Learn it, Do it!

Observe it

BBC One’s flagship religious, ethical and morale debate programme, The Big Questions, will be recorded on 1 May in Salford. You will have the chance to be a part of the audience where you can observe how the pros debate and even have the chance to ask some questions of your own! We feel that this is the perfect way to start your journey to the Big Debate as you’ll be able to watch and make note of how professional speakers argue their case and how they present themselves.

Get in touch to reserve your seat! – audiencetbq@mentorn.tv 

Learn it

‘Speaking confidently in public places’ is an amazing workshop to help you to gain the skills you need to form and voice a strong argument. The workshop ‘speaking confidently in public places’ is a must for any student who wants to develop their confidence and to help conquer those nerves when speaking in front of an audience. The session will run on 2 June at 11am for any current student at Manchester Met.

Click here to sign up for this workshop!

Do it!

After watching the professionals and developing your own skills in public speaking, it’s now time to put it all in action by attending our Big Debate event! Debating is a fantastic way of improving both your speaking and listening skills, and building your confidence! It will help you to rationalise and evidence the point you are making, to organise and prioritise your argument, and to listen to and respond to the other side.

This is an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself and to be a part of a large debating panel. The debate will take place on 7 June at 2pm in the Business School.

Click here to be in the audience!

Click here to be on the panel!

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