Todd Graham the director of debate at Southern Illinois University. He wrote an analysis in a special to CNN of the Florida Republican debate which I thought had some ideas about debate that might be useful in lawyer’s presentations. He said what he teaches, as the technique for debate is argue, attack, respond and presence.
By argue, he means you need to state your case. Make your argument in support of your position. Attack refers to the need to point out the weakness in your opponent’s position. Explain why it is wrong. Respond refers to the point that you must not let your opponent’s criticisims go unanswered. You need to respond to them and deal with them. And, presence means that no matter how good your argument might be, your delivery and demeanor must be right. Your delivery must be convincing. You need to be in control with the right presence.
I thought each of these were good ideas for trial lawyers to think about in making arguments.