This is what happened, and that’s why we win – Worshop on Whip-speeches

„This is what happened, adn that’s why we win.“
A summary of what the summary speaker essentially has to say. Whip speeches are the figurative cherry on top of every debate, a good chance to wake up the judge, praising the speeches given by the first speakers in closing teams. In short: Summarizing the main arguments during the debate, and claiming your partner’s speech was the best speech given during the debate. Should be easy, shouldn’t it?
But with every seemingly easy tasks, whip speeches demand a bit of strategy, and jumping over unexpected hurdles.

This Thursday evening, 28th November 2019, at 7.30 pm, in Hörsaal XVIIb of the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, your workshop coach Helena Hecke will lead you through all the hurdles, and mistakes you can do holding but also how to master whip speeches.

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Tilbury House at Maastricht Novice 2019

It seems a bit of nostalgia fell upon Tilbury House this autumn. Nostalgia, and great ambition.
In one week we visited Oxford again, in the next it’s Maastricht.
Every year Tilbury has been attending the Maastricht debating tournament, sometimes we like it so much, our novices visit Maastricht in the colder month of November. Three years ago Tilbury won at Maastricht Novice with flying colours,a good reason to keep Maastricht in good memories.

But we won’t keep on dwelling in the past either. Our novices Gregor Gsell and Priska Seeling defended Tilbury’s good name at Maastricht Novice, 16th November 2019.
Not only did they win first places in the inrounds, they also broke into the Novice final. Seemingly mastering the debates with ease, they convinced the judges with the quality of their speeches to become 1st and 2nd best speaker of the tourament!
Congratulations!

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Tilbury House at Oxford IV

Will they, won’t they? For once the joke isn’t directed towards the British, and potential Brexit plans but towards Tilbury House. Will they return to Oxford once more?
The anyser is… yes, they did!
Tilbury House finally found their way back to Oxford IV, from 8th to 9th November 2019, where we attended the tournament back in 2017. Even the very same team, consisting of Ruben Dillmann and Helena Hecke, debated with the same enthusiasm they’d back two years ago.
Visiting Oxford again, had been a familiar feeling for them, and they achieved a total of 770 speaker points as a team!

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Quick note: Workshop fall out

Due out workshop coach having fallen sick, there won’t be a workshop this Thursday, 21st November 2019.

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Tilbury Workshop: First things first

Yesterday evening we were joyous to have so many people joining our newcomer workshop. We hope yesterday’s debate gave you an insight in how debating works.
But perhaps some questions are still left. At least we have to unpack a lot about debating.

For Thursday 24th Ocotber 2019 our workshop host Helena Hecke will give you an indepth understanding about BP (British Parliament) debating style for an introduction for all newcomers.
Join us at 7.30pm in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne.

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Tilbury Workshop: What do we talk about again? – Part 2

For this evening, the 17th October 2019, our workshop host Helena Hecke steps up the topic the last week: Understanding motions.
As you learnt about understanding the specfic nature of different motions last week, you’re now equipped learning, and invited asking questions about unusual types of motions.
As you will encounter them at least once in one debate tournament, this workshops intents to learn about these motions in your own pace, and help you out with individual questions.

Join us this evening at 19.30 o’clock, 17th Ocotber 2019 in Hörsaal XVIIb in the Hauptgebäude of theUniversity of Cologne:

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Tilbury Workshop: What are we talking about again?

This House believes, the other House regrets, and another House is actually Kim-Jong Un’s minister of foreign affairs.
As we already talked about in our workshops, wordigs of motions can be pretty essential to the understanding the motion. But actually we don’t need to overthink every word in a motion twice, the introducing words „This House…“ already tell us a lot how we’re going to debate.
Do we explain how our policy is going to solve a problem, do we argue out of the perspective of the French prime minister and therefore prioritize the export of Camenbert over negociations with Denmark? In this workshop you’ll learn key essentials to understand a motion, and how you avoid arguing outside the motion.

Beginning with the new semester we can guarantee you enjoyable workshops evenings on almost every Thursday again. As usual, our fantastic workshop organizer Helena Hecke awaits you at 19.30 o’clock in Hörsaal XVII b in the Hauptgebäude of the University of Cologne, this Thursday, 10th October 2019.

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