General Definition: The beginning of a speech, often including a hook to get the audience’s attention, a statement of the motion, and a roadmap of what content will be discussed in the speech.
- Public Forum: In PF, debaters typically aren’t expected to deliver a formal introduction, although they may consider one if it serves a strategic purpose like argument framing or judge adaptation. See also “Overview“.
- World Schools Debate: In WSD, the constructive speeches should have 30-40 second hooks that introduce their side’s perspective on the motion and the status quo. In other speeches, the intro is simply a 10-15 second hook and a roadmap.
- British Parliamentary: In BP, this should last about 30 seconds.
- Canadian National Debate Format: In CNDF, this should last about 30 seconds for constructives and 10 seconds for rebuttals and summaries.