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A debating society is a group of people who meet to debate an issue. A debate is a discussion in which all sides of an issue are brought out and discussed. Based on these discussions, individuals can form their own conclusions.

Although still popular, local debating societies are not so hugely popular as they once were, due largely to the number of audience interactive programs on the television and radio. Societies are now largely confined to universities and collages.

Although debates are normally held in a local hall, they can be held any where that will hold the number of anticipated interested people.

Debating can be taken part in by any one of any age. The younger a person starts the better, as debating gives a person the confidence and experience to speak in public, and to listen to argument. attributes so important in many aspects of life.

To be in the audience of a debate no special ability is necessary, other than the ability to listen to reasoned argument. If however you are taking part as a main speaker, a sound knowledge of the subject under debate is essential.

A debate is normally held between five main people and sometimes a participating audience. The main people are a proposer and seconder of the subject of the subject (motion) and an opposer and seconder of the subject, the fifth person is the chairman who's job it is to introduce the subject and participants and to keep order. the length of the debate and each persons part is set beforehand.

Belonging to or the amount of time spent attending a debating society is completely up to the individual. Debating in every day life is carried on by all of in discussions of the day and events, whether sporting or political. Listening to the other sides point of view with reason is a hard learnt skill, but when achieved improves your quality and appreciation of life immeasurably.

To most people the potential of this activity is to be able to competently express them-self in public. The ultimate to some may be to be a member of government and possess the ability to debate effectively in Parliament.

Closely Related Activities
Being a local councillor or attending council meetings. Chairing or being on the organising committee of any of the activities found within the HIPS FINDER service.

The only costs related to debating are, any research costs of a subject you chose to spend, and a society subscription or fee to cover the cost of the debating venue, normally very minimal.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

  The level of energy that could be required Energy  
  The level of demand that could be required by your arms Arms  
  The level of demand that could be required by your legs Legs  
  The level of demand that could be required by your sight. Sight  
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  The level of demand that could be required by your speech. Speech  
  The level of demand of Cerebral Learning that could occur as a direct consequence of absorbing factual information. Learning  

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