Debate Skills 101
Develop your own speaking style.
It might be that the most powerful public speaking tool available is one that you already possess: be yourself!
Are you an animated speaker? Do you like to use your hands for emphasis when talking? Or, do you speak deliberately, slowly, pausing frequently to make points and collect your thoughts? Either one of these styles can be used to engage listeners-- as long as it comes naturally to you.
"Developing" your own style really just means taking advantage of your natural skills by knowing yourself and learning to make the most of what comes naturally. We can all do with reminders to slow down, speak louder, and emphasize important words or points, but how we do that depends on who we are.
Remember, you are at your most persuasive when you bring yourself to the conversation.