As you can see I'm an ENTP. I'm supposed to be good at debate.
I've been doing Lincoln Douglas debate and, to put it mildly, I suck. I just finished a tournament where I won 1 out of 3. Didn't even make it to the quarter finals.
So I wonder, what makes a good debater? It must be something beyond logical arguments and refutations. I make good points in real life, and I've never been unable to locate the logical fallacies of my opponents, so I doubt that I'm intellectually incapable. I'm assuming that my failure can be attributed to:
1. nerves (makes it difficult to focus on what my opponent is saying and to construct my rebuttal)
2. lack of confidence/ passion/ aggression
3. poor articulation
4. lack of knowledge on how to structure cases (relating value, criterion, and value criterion)
5. poor presentation (did not memorize case, didn't look judges in the eye)
How do I improve on these fronts? Most of what I do in every day life is no pressure logical discussion.
I just keep remembering the judge at my last debate. When I shook his hand (after), he turned his head away so that he didn't have to look me in the eye. I must have been embarrassingly terrible (either that, or he's anti-social. But I think I'm just a failure.)