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Debate Workshop, Advanced

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What you will learn

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 half-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
  • Copy of footage

Cost: $150.00*

*Ask us about student and group rates.
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Starts Friday, July 31

Fri 31:   9:30 AM  - 12:30 PM EDT


This training is online.


$60.00 $10.00 discount for early registration until 7/24/20 Your Cost: $50.00


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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.”