Debate Workshop, Advanced
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Debate Workshop, Advanced

Learn how to master your debate skills at the Leadership Institute’s Advanced Debate Workshop taught by speech writer Dr. John Shosky.

The Advanced Debate Workshop takes place at the Leadership Institute’s Steven P.J. Wood Building located in Arlington, VA.

Former speech writer for three presidential administrations, Dr. John Shosky, will be your instructor for this informative and hands-on workshop.

Attendees will have an opportunity to deliver and to defend a winning opening and closing statement. Attendees will receive real-time questions, rebuttals, feedback, and instruction from the instructor.

You will receive footage of your debate performance at the conclusion of the workshop. Space is limited to eight, so register early!

Who it’s for:

  • Political strategists and advocates
  • Policy experts
  • Current or future elected officials and candidates
  • Anyone preparing for an upcoming debate

How you’ll benefit:

  • Effectively communicate your platform to your audience
  • Skillfully navigate Q&A, including hostile and friendly questions
  • Handle the unexpected and stand your “rhetorical ground”
  • Turn hecklers to your advantage

What to expect: In this full-day workshop, you will have the opportunity to deliver your opening statement on-camera and take questions from your peers. You will also debate an assigned peer in two rounds of mock debate. Your debates and remarks from the instructor will be recorded and will be provided to you 1-2 weeks following the workshop.

What’s included:

  • Welcome packet and notepad
  • Notes and training materials
  • Personalized critique of your opening statement
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Copy of footage


Cost: $150.00*


*Ask us about student and group rates.

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Tiffany Roberts

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