Answer by Mira Pravitasari:
One of the answer here already mentioned this, but I'm going to give some elaborations as to why it is so.
You should join a debate club. Here's why:
- You get to meet people who challenge you, your viewpoints, your belief on certain topics and more, and those people will be open to your challenges as well. To me these kind of people are the best kind of people. This is important because our viewpoints don't get to be challenged so often. We have this metaphorical fence around us that protect us from such challenges. This fence can be our friends, society, news we read, TV programs we watch, people we follow on twitter, or our friends on facebook. This fence is asserting that majority of people think like we do. That our opinions on this issue are correct and logically sound. The people who oppose this are far away, whose cultures don't even make sense, whose country may have been backward and so corrupt. But in a debate club, you see ordinary people just like you who think you suffer from logical fallacy, or you're not seeing the whole picture, or you're not seeing the issue in all its details. You really have to know what you are talking about. This will allow you to defend your opinions and give rebuttals as to why the other person is the one who might be suffering from logical fallacy, or not seeing the whole picture, or not seeing it in all its details. You can't just say, well everyone thinks so, thus it must be right.
- If you're in the debate club for a year or two, you'll get used to challenge and be challenged. Another thing you'll learn is to structure your thoughts. We all have ideas, brilliant ones, on difficult issues far beyond others' grasp. Making others understand them is another thing, you have to be systematic and rational in your explanation.
- Another important thing to keep in mind: convincing others in your ideas might not be entirely easy. Even if your argument is the most rational one, some people just won't care. You need to know what matters to them and build your case from there. If you can't compel to what matters to people, nobody will be listening to what you have to say. Your arguments have to be rational, while making people see why it's important to them.
- Lastly, you get to practice your public speaking skill. We all argue daily, be it in the comment section in an online article or internet forums. People on the internet are so wrong all the time, aren't they? Online, you can write and rewrite your reply and google the facts, etc. In real life, not so much. You don't get to know all the facts. But you can still structure your thoughts and deliver your opinions clearly, based on the established facts, whether in a debate championship, or just a discussion with the people you know. Delivering your arguments clearly (or opinions) is essential to your arguments itself. You'll have so many practices of public speaking in the debate club.
So if you can join one, do it. If there are not a single debate clubs near you, start one. There are many resources on how to run an effective debate club on the internet. And if you do, I hope you enjoy it.