Debates & moderators
No boring banter between big shots. Or superficial speeches by TV stars. Debatrix champions events that are energetic, lively and to the point. We deliver proven formats and experienced moderators.
Debate with a purpose
If you’re thinking about organizing a debate, you’ve probably already concluded that there are a lot of things to think about. Having organized many debates, we can tell you there is probably a lot that you have missed. From selecting the topics to the set-up for the room, we have the expertise available. Debatrix provides you with the format, the moderator and can facilitate the crucial follow-up. Your interactive event will truly make a lasting impact!
A good moderator facilitates an interesting, instructive and instrincally valuable debate. A debate in which there is room for a bit of humor and where there is a clear distinction between matters of great and secondary importance. But also a debate in which each side has equal opportunity to present its arguments. Debatrix moderators are all experienced and able to ask exactly the right question at exactly the right time.
Top 5 reasons why our clients ask us to organise debates
We never organise a debate without a clear purpose. Only when the purpose is entirely clear do we select an appropriate format, moderator and topics of discussion.
- A debate is an informal and accessible way to find support for your policies. Through debate you don’t just have a chance to talk about why a certain policy is good, but you have the opportunity to rebut arguments to which people otherwise might have been susceptible.
- Debate energizes your seminar, conference or convention. Instead of organizing another boring panel discussion, a debate gets everyone involved. It’s more fun and gives participants an experience they will remember for a long time.
- A debate facilitates your decision-making process. The participants in a debate have every incentive to present all strong arguments for their side. A debate can therefore act as catalyst for the decision-making process by getting all the arguments pro and con, even the unexpected ones, out in the open.
- Debate enables you to talk about sensitive issues. In a debate you can compel people to defend a position. This not only stimulates empathy for different points of view, but also allows participants in the debate to express arguments that they normally would have been reluctant to share.*
- Debate helps you secure loyality from employees, customers and other stakeholders. In a debate, participants present their opinions and ideas. When you show them that you are listening and that you care about their ideas, they will feel important and will be loyal to you and your organization.
*We regularly organize debates at organizations in a process of major organizational change. Contrary to common public perception, it is especially fruitful to organize a debate when employees are rather reticent to share their opinions. A debate with fixed and forced positions gives employees that normally would be afraid of giving their opinion — possibly fearing their jobs in times of economic downturn — a platform to share their concerns and ideas. This helps the management not just to get a better understanding of their employees’ concerns, but also to tap into the full creative potential of the entire organization.