Dr. Manda Hicks is the director of forensics at Boise State University, where she oversees the national champion Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team. She is a U.S. Army veteran and received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her research interests include gender and women studies, intercultural communication, feminist theory, qualitative methods, and military culture.
There is more to debate than just talking fast and loud, or bashing your opponents–à la televised political debates. In this podcast, Dr. Manda Hicks offers a different perspective on the art of debate and public speaking. She addresses popular conceptions of debate and argues that the activity is more productive and invitational than it appears. The podcast provides a brief explanation of the origins of debate and features strategies for improving everyday public communication. Dr. Hicks identifies key concepts from speech and debate that help individuals become more effective and satisfied communicators.