Student Congress Debate/Introductions

Common types of introductions:

  1. Historical: Link the topic to a historical event
  2. Analogy: Make a comparison between the bill and something else
  3. Refutation: Quote what other representatives have stated and clash with one of their points
  4. Summarize: Rehash the main points in the debate and state their relevance to the debate
  5. Quote: Use a quotation and link it to the legislation (*Be careful. This is often the most overused and uninteresting type of introduction)
  6. Story or Anecdote: Provide a humorous or factual story to illustrate your point

Tips for Introductions:

  • Keep your introduction short (15-30 seconds)
  • End with a stance (affirmation or negation) or creatively integrate your points preview into the introduction
  • Remember to link back to the introduction during the conclusion at the end of your speech