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When debaters first start competing they look forward to the Summary speech, as the Summary speech is only two minutes long and they’ve just had to struggle with giving four minute rebuttals.

More experienced debaters have the opposite problem — they struggle to figure out how they are going to say everything they need to say in a two minute speech.

To deliver a strong Summary speech, whether you are a Beginner or a more experienced debater, it is critical that you understand how to do a number of critical things that we will cover in this essay.

Critical Components of all Summary Speeches

The next section will review situational advice for the Summary speech.  This section will review general advice for the Summary.

Generally, in the Summary speech debaters need to crystalize their key arguments (their original contentions), key answers to their opponents’ contentions, and then start to weigh their arguments against their opponents arguments.

Many debaters will organize the speech by starting with what they will refer to ask the

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