The Debate Format
The art of debating has been around since before Socrates gathered his students up in a circle in some tucked away corner of Greece. Debate allows two parties to hash out their differences through speech as opposed to fists. The formalized debate can been seen in courts of law, schools and on professional debate teams around the world. PowerPoint has become a very useful tool for debate professionals since it helps them provide visuals to go along with their speeches.
In many debate formats, you cannot use visuals, but sometimes you can, especially in the court of law. And, what better way to set up your argument than through an orderly layout of slides. Debates are usually formatted using the Lincoln/Douglas Debate Format. This can be seen as follows:
1. Affirmative Constructive Introduction (IAC) - This is where you state your resolution and support it with your evidence.
2. Cross Examination of the IAC by the opponent (INC - Negative Constructive) - The opposing party asks questions.
3. INC Introduction - The opposing party does their introduction, why they disagree with the affirmative party and support their reasons with evidence.
4. Cross Examination of the INC by the IAC - The opposing party asks questions.