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Debate Workshop

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What you will learn

Learn how to effectively prepare, take control, and win your debate at the Leadership Institute's Debate Workshop taught by speech writer Dr. John Shosky.

The 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.

You will learn effective debate techniques and will be coached through your opening statement while receiving personalized critiques.

Who it's for:

  • Political strategists and advocates
  • Policy experts
  • Elected officials and candidates
  • Anyone preparing for an upcoming debate

How you'll benefit:

  • Distinguish between the types of debate and successfully prepare for each
  • Skillfully navigate Q&A
  • Handle the unexpected and stand your “rhetorical ground”
  • Turn hecklers to your advantage

What to expect: This full-day workshop is split into two sections. In the first section, your instructor will give an overview of debate and lecture on debate techniques. This section will be supplemented with videos and notes. In the second section, your instructor will allow you to present your opening statement. You'll receive personalized feedback following your 5-minute presentation.

What's included:

  • Welcome packet and notepad
  • Notes and training materials
  • Personalized critique of your opening statement

Cost: $100.00*

*Ask us about student and group rates.


Starts Wednesday, January 24

Wed. 24 9:30 - 4:30 PM

Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201 Map



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Your faculty

John Shosky

John Shosky

President, Roncalli Communications

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for thirty years. He has written almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates. This amounts to over seven million words on the public record.

He has been a speechwriter at the highest levels of government. Dr. Shosky has served in the Reagan, Bush (41) and Bush (43) Administrations, working in the Executive Office of the President, White House Public Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition, Dr. Shosky is the author of two books: Speaking to Lead, London: Biteback Publishing 2010, and The Words of our Time, London: Biteback Publishing 2012.

In a recent review of The Words of our Time, former Tony Blair speechwriter Phillip Collins wrote “Shosky's introduction is so full of insight and great tips that I wanted more. He knows what he is talking about.”