Stop at the nod.
All you have to do is wait for the judge to agree with your point, then move forward. Don’t beat the dead horse!
- Saves time
- Avoids exasperating the judge
- Allows you to spend enough time on the argument, if more is needed.
Now, you’re probably wondering, “what if the judge isn’t the nodding type?”
Then watch their body language.
You can almost always tell when the judge understands your argument. A look of recognition on their face. Or finally they write something down, seemingly letting out a sigh of relief that they get it.
You can also induce feedback from the judge by speaking a certain way. Talking about an argument as if you are explaining a concept will help. The other thing I did was I would say “I hope you understand [why argument x is true]” and narrow my eyes while nodding slightly, to suggest that they should get it.
Most judges at that point showed at least some sign that they did, and I could move on. If they didn’t, I’d add some more analysis until they did.
Lastly, remember that you’re not allowed to directly incite feedback, for example by asking a question they are expected to answer.
Remember: stop at the nod
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