Our Debate Academy is a crash course public speaking and debating the Utrecht Debating Society offers to its new members. It consists of three evenings in which we prepare you for the small internal competition amongst all new members on the fourth evening. On the first three evenings, we will invite three of the best speakers the Netherlands has to offer, who will provide a workshop for you in debating and public speaking. After the workshop we’ll practise debating under the guidance of experienced judges who can provide great feedback.
The Debate Academy is the ideal way to make yourself familiar with debating and to acquaint yourself with our society. While enjoying a beer, you get to know the other new participants and our members. The older members will judge, and please feel free to approach them and talk to them about UDS or something else in the breaks!
Of course we will travel together to ‘t Pandje to close off our evening, making sure everybody is familiar with our Utrechtse gezelligheid in the pub.
The Debate Academy will start on the 19th of September. The Debate Academy is free of charge! You can also join our open evenings which are held at the 5th and the 12th of September. Check our Facebook page for up to date times and locations.
Previous Debate Academy experience by Elmar Schmidt:
Even though I still have a long way to go to what can be considered a good debater, I am staggered by the progress that I have made since I started just eight weeks ago. My fear of speaking in front of an audience is dramatically reduced, I am calmer and can think more clearly during the debates and my arguments are becoming more structured.