さて(笑)、今日は来年の広報を担当してくれるしょうてんが、梅子杯の感想を書いてくれたのでそれを紹介させていただきます。 梅子杯は、11月頭前後に開かれる、言わずと知れた一年生最強決定戦で、大学につき2チームしか出られないため、各大学が部内選考を行う厳しい大会です。 毎年一年生はこの大会を一つの目標とします。今回ウチからは、まりもかすみペアをICUA、しょーてんすみれペアをICUBとして送り出しました。結果は 準々決勝進出が1チームと悔しい結果でしたが、とりあえずはICUBがブレイク後も勝ち進んでくれて、よかったよかった＞＜
I'm Xiaotian. I won quarter finalists in this Umeko-cup as ICU B. Two teams joined this competition.
ICU A: Marimo Karaki & Kasumi Dinsey
ICU B: Sumire Kambayashi & Xiaotian Zhao(me).
I will mainly write about the things I did to improve my skill for Umeko-cup, hopping what my finding in this competition will be beneficial for some readers. When we first did some round as team, I have to say that we were quite depressed by the fact that sempai saying that our team is far from even breaking at Umeko-cup since we had so many problems such as following:
1. Arguments don't always goes deeply.
2. Always finish speech with After Plan still lacking.
3. The harm won't goes directly connected with people.
4. Bad structure. (Hard to identify where is our reasoning and where is our assertion)
5. Lack of consistency as a team.
6. Lack of Importance (effectiveness, why gov should move, etc.)
7. Terrible preparation (Even speech with scratch paper)
In order to eliminate these problems, we took mainly three changes.
First, I changed how we do preparation. I used to raise many stakeholders as many as possible to provide variety of perspective in our arguments, but this seems to become obstacle for us to have deeper analysis of each stakeholders and arguments. Rather, later I found, it is much more important and effective to strengthening the strongest arguments in our speech. The way to do this is by simply thinking what we come up first as the strongest arguments and add great amount of reasoning to support that. Thanks to this we could create arguments that will not be easily brought down from opponents.
Secondly, I changed myself from offense to defense as member speaker. While the opponents are speaking, all I did was thinking the new arguments and don’t even carefully listen to what they say, even when they are making some rebuttal. After some practice, we found that we lose because opponents’ arguments are still left to be discussed. So I decided to use most of time listening to what the opponents’ speech and think about refutation and construct speech arguments that based on opponents arguments and their stance. This way is so helpful for that I can provide severe damage opponents’ arguments and protecting our core arguments.
Thirdly, we set a time limit for each process of preparation. Leader speech is the first person to represent their side. He/she has to deliver their side’s core message with super clarity in order to make judge clearly understand what their side is supporting or standing for. These things cannot be archived by reading a scratch made while brainstorming. However it dose not also means that we should use all the time to construct leader speech. That will lead to create arguments with less variety and end up with superfluous analysis since we have to mind the structure all the time. Thus we should combine both of them. What we did is to assign 10 mins to brainstorming and the other ten mins to construct leader speech together. This kept us with consistency since we make speech together and well-developed speech with fine structure.
I'm not saying that we have overcame all the problems that we had before, why we are not champion clearly showed that we are far from good debaters, but at least it brought us into a track of improving my speech and collaboration as a team. I will keep what I found in this competition and keep climbing the "Everest of Debate" step by step.
Finally I would like to thank all members of ICUDS’s committed support for pointing out our bad points in our speech and brought us all the way to the quarter round. Especially Emiko’s suggestion about preparation has brought us a dramatic change as a team. All of that were indispensible for our success. Also great thanks to my honorable partner Sumire for making such a brilliant leader speech and devoted great amount of effort and time to this competition. “The biggest contributor to this success.”