Become Persuasive in one Day – Saving the world

Tilbury House is back with the series „Become Persuasive in One Day“.
As always we want to bring argumentation and speech making to people of the University of Cologne.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have with argumentation and delivering speeches. Our workshops are suitable for all levels.
You can obviously also attend if you have not been at our previous workshops and we also welcome interested people outside from the University

This edition is going to be on the topic „Saving the World – Arguing climate change effictively„.

Our guest for this edition is going to be Ron Leizrowice, a PhD student at the University of Britstol and winner of multiple debating competitions throughout Europe.

Visit us on 18th May 2019, from 10 am to 2pm, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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Tilbury Workshop: Literally everything matters

…or, to say, every word matters.
By now out workshop tackled a lot of common problems and struggles even experienced debaters have to face, and this workshop’s topic is not different.
„Stick to the motion“ will tackle a problem hindering even experienced speakers to make a good speech – By the single mistake of not sticking to the motion. A great speech can fail if it’s not directed towards the topic.
Every motion is worded carefully. In consequence every word matters. Overseeing a small world can lead to debating the wrong topic.

At 7.30 pm. on the evening of 9th May 2019, in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Colgone, our workshop coach Helena Hecke will dissolve this problematic in careful but advancing steps.

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Tilbury at Maastricht Open 2019

With the beginning of spring, Tilbury House can enter the new season with good news.
Tilbury House attends Maastricht Open every year, always enjoying ourelves at the engaging debates.
This year, from the 4th to 5th May 2019, we can be very proud of our newcomers. Two Novice teams broke into the Novice Final: Breaking 1st were Juliette Roussel and Camille Sanchez, and breaking 3rd were Philipp Kowalski and Joelle Hellfrisch.

Our advanced memebers were sucessful as well. In a mixed tam with Nastia Grishkova, Helena Hecke broke at the semi final.

We congratulate everyone breaking at Maastricht Open!

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Thursday Workshop: Lie to me

Are you an honest person?
Are facts your best friend for logical argumentation?
We are going to change you!

Despite debates handling many polticial and contemporary topics, debates sometimes surprisingly derrive from the truth. In other words: By times, facts matter less than arguments.
On the other hand, calling out lies of your opposing team can bring their entire case to fall.
So, when can lie, when can’t we lie? What lies can I tell?

For this unusual workshop, our coach Helena Hecke will unriddle the problem 4th April 2019, 7.30 pm in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Coogne.

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Newcomer’s Day, 16th April 2019

„Um… dear audience… today, the 16th, um… so I want to talk to… well, it’s important… um.“
Are you a bit nervous when you need to hold a presentation?
Does that particular word escape your mind when you speak English?
Have you found yourself lost when asked about a topic you haven’t heard about yet?
Or are you looking for a new hobby?

Then come visit us at Tilbury House, 16th April 2019, in Hörsaal XIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

Tilbury House is an English speaking debating society, open for students from all faculties and non-students.
At Tilbury House we will help you to elevate your speech skills, give you individual feedback how you can improve your style, join us on debate tournaments, learn particularities in focused workshops on Thursday evenings, meet international debaters at tournaments, and gain, along the way, confidence in speaking freely in front of an audience.

Any questions left? Have a look at our About or Newcomers page, or contact us on the website or on our Facebook-page

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Workshop on the simple essentials: Points of Information

During the time our regular workshop has been held, we covered all possible sorts of topics; from strategy to understanding international relationships.
As for so often, the devil’s in the details – knowing how to debate complicated matters can make one forget how to use the basics.
One of those are POIs, Points of information. Frequently used in debates they can be used to find faults in another team’s case, or bringing important clarifications to tackle your opponent’s case even outside your speaking time – if used correctly.

This evening, at 7.30pm in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, our workshop coach Helena Hecke welcomes your to refresh and elaborate your basic strategical debating skills.

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Tilbury House at Budapest Open 2019

March is a month in which one tournament follows another, so Tilbury House didn’t want to miss the opportunity to participarte at Budapest Open.
With two teams and one judge, we traveled to Hungary to participate at one of Europe’s biggest tournaments.
We enjoyed the diverse range of motions, anyhow we’re also proud to announce that our Novice team, consisting of Lin Jung and Peter Solbach, achieved a remarkably good score for their first tournament participation.

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