Want to see how a debate is won?

Don't raise your voice, keep your cool and improve your argument. Do you want to see how to win a debate? Come to the Delft Open 2017 this Sunday at Museum Prinsenhof.

1960: The first ever TV debate. Kennedy versus Nixon.
1960: The first ever TV debate. Kennedy versus Nixon.

Delft Open 2017 is the first international debating competition organised in Delft, according to the initiator of this event, TU Delft Debating Club.

On Sunday 18th June, doors open at 15:00 at the Van der Mandelezaal at Museum Prinsenhof in Delft. Four teams will compete against each other to win the Grand Final tournament.

The finalists will be given a motion about a burning topic in society

The competition spans two days. Forty teams will engage with each other on the Saturday before and on Sunday morning. Only the four top performing teams will compete in the grand finale on Sunday afternoon.

The finalists will be given a motion about a burning topic in society and are assigned a position on the topic only 15 minutes before the debate starts. They then debate the issue with the opposition.

Don't start foaming at the mouth when you are challenged

Not able to see the debaters in Delft but do want to learn how to debate effectively? Samuel Nelson, a professor at Cornell University and director of its debating team, can help you out. Nelson's team is ranked by the International Debate Education Association as the No. 1 university debating team in the world.

Some of Nelson's most important tips: convince your audience through ethos and credibility based on character; use pathos, and appeal to emotion; and use logos, logic. And don't start foaming at the mouth when you are challenged.

When: Sunday 18th June. Doors open at 15:00; the debate starts at 15:30.
Where: Van der Mandelezaal at Museum Prinsenhof. Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft
Language: English