When I offered to be a judge for a secondary school debate I expected it to be a small deal. Let me now illustrate how wrong I was
- I thought it would take place in a classroom > It took place in the massive school hall
- I thought there would be only 40 students present > There was a 140 strong audience
- I was dressed in jeans and trainers > My fellow judge was a government representative
- I thought it would be easy > I needed a degree just to know how to fill out the score card
- I thought I would leave at the end > I had to give a speech
To say I was caught off guard is the understatement of the week. I did knock out a pretty good speech at the end though. I spoke about how debating is not just something for the classroom but something that will benefit students in their future. I mentioned that I find myself debating everyday with my boss and that if you can be persuasive and structured in an argument then it will be a valuable life skill.
After I made my speech I proceeded to feel like wise old man and ran to the bathroom to check for grey hairs.
Then. As if my day could not get any weirder. I returned back to Wan Chai and found a woman in a wedding dress handing out packs of tissues. It was not a promotional event for tissues or anything else that I could see. She was just handing them out.