Video Lecture - Roles of Speakers - the Deputies

Question and Answers - the Deputy Speakers

1. Can I change the definition, the position or the policy of the PM or the LO?

- No you can't. Changing the policy means you will contradict your PM or LO and reduce the value of his or her speech. You can clarify and explain, but any additions that makes your teammate look like they didn't do their job well will hurt your team.

2. Do i have to do defense first then rebuttals, then new arguments?

- No, as long as you do all three. If you think it's better, you can present your arguments first, then rebut and then defend your teammate.

3. How much of time should I spend Defending, Rebutting and Developing new arguments? Which is the most important part of my job??

- This is a difficult question and there is no objective answer. It really depends on the debate. Some debates may require you to spend more time defending your first speaker (if for example the attack from the other side was particularly strong) or if the other speaker spent more time building his own case and not really attacking yours, then there is more attacking to do than defending. So ask yourself what you need to do the most in this debate, but ensure you do a little bit of everything. The most common error deputy speakers make with time management is spending too much time rebutting, forgetting to do any defense and emphasis of their case and not leaving enough time to develop new arguments. If you must cut down on something, cut rebuttals. You have a third speaker who add rebuttals, but it's harder for the third speaker to clarify and defend the first speaker, and the third speaker shouldn't be developing new arguments.