Young Leader Discussion Meet

The Discussion Meet is intended to help Young Leaders develop a greater command of basic discussion skills. The participant’s responsibility is to exchange ideas and information to solve a problem. The discussion should not be a conversation or aimless talk, nor should the participant take the role of a persuasive speaker. They should attempt to cooperatively shed further light on the problem and retain a flexible position.

A moderator will explain the workings of the contest, keeps the discussion on topic, and prevents monopoly of time by any individual contestant. The timekeeper alerts the moderator, contestants, and judges when the time expires for each segment. The judges score and rank the contestants.

Steps of the Discussion Meet:

1. Statement of topic by moderator

2. Each participant, in voluntary order, stands and makes a 30-second maximum opening statement

3. Open discussion period (20-25 minutes, exact time to be announced at start of meet)

• Discuss various aspects of the problem

• Discuss possible solutions

• Evaluate alternative solutions

• Project implementation of solutions

4. Participants are allowed 1 minute to prepare their closing statement

5. Participants, in voluntary order, stand and make a 1-minute maximum closing statement

District(s)

Date

Location

Orientation Start Time

Contest Start Time

1

Monday, August 10

DeKalb County FB, Sycamore

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

2

Tuesday, August 25

Stephenson County FB, Freeport

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

3

Wednesday, August 5

Henry County FB, Cambridge

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

4

Tuesday, August 11

Bureau County FB, Princeton (previous location at 535 Elm Place)

5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

5 & 6

Wednesday, August 5

Schaefer Pioneer, Mazon

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

7 & 8

Wednesday, August 19

Peoria County FB, Peoria

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

9

Tuesday, August 25

Hancock County FB, Carthage

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

10

Thursday, July 30

Sangamon County FB, Springfield

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

11 & 12

Wednesday, August 26

Macon County FB, Decatur

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

13 & 17

Tuesday, August 4

Edwards County FB, Albion

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

14

Wednesday, August 12

Effingham County FB, Effingham

6:15 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

15 & 16

Wednesday, August 19

St. Clair County FB, Belleville

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

18

Friday, August 14

Saline County FB, Harrisburg

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

 

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