Top 10 Debate Tips from Wellesley College

Debate watch party in Knapp Atrium
Photo provided by Michelle Lu ’18, The Wellesley News
October 19, 2016

Tonight marks the third and final debate of the 2016 presidential campaign between Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This year’s presidential debates have turned out record numbers of viewers, including here on Wellesley’s campus.

Participating in a debate—whether as a candidate for president of the United States or as a student in a College debate club—takes a lot of preparation and practice. We asked our experts—the Wellesley College Debate Society—to share their top tips for preparing for—and performing well—during a debate. It turns out debating is about a lot more than just knowing your facts. It’s how you use those facts to succinctly and successfully articulate your point of view that can make all the difference. Watch the video to learn more.