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C'mon Out!

Ever heard of Glossophobia? It's the fear of public speaking.

Statistics show 75% of the population suffers from speech anxiety. In other words, a majority of men and women are afraid of public speaking.

If you're here because you dread public speaking and want to overcome your fear - you're in good company. If you're among the fearless 25% and want to improve your skills - you've come to the right place.


For starters, we're going to let you in on one of the best kept secrets of debating: anyone with an opinion can debate. It's that easy.

Here's another reason to come on out: attendance is free.

Members and guests of the Toronto Debating Society practice their public speaking and powers of persuasion by covering a variety of issues.


We explore topics ranging from politics, science, religion, medicine and music, to Looney Tunes, love and current affairs.

Whether you want to step-up to the podium, speak-up in a business meeting, or simply learn how to state your mind -- c'mon out and visit our club.


Here are 3 easy steps to get involved:

Step 1: Introduce Yourself

Guests are always welcome.

You can pop in and watch our debates as often as you like. You need to become a member to sign up for official debating duties, but we have a few options for guests who want to try it out before committing.

  • At the beginning of each meeting you will have the opportunity to say hello and tell us a bit about yourself.

Step 2: Say a Few Words

  • You can speak during the impromptu speaking session without being a member.

  • We throw out a random topic and everyone has 60 seconds to comment.

  • Participation is optional.

  • Speeches are not evaluated.

Step 3: Watch a Debate & Give it a try

Twice a year the Toronto Debating Society hosts a Mini-Debate Marathon that is open to guest participation.

  • These debates are shorter than parliamentary style debates and do not require any preparation.

  • Each person picks a topic during the meeting and speaks for, or against, it for 2-3 minutes.

  • Each participant gets a chance to respond to their opponent.

  • Mini-debates are not adjudicated.

  • Check out the 'Debating Cheat Sheet' to help you get familiarized with terms and procedure.

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