10/03/2012 10:29 am ET

How To Win A Debate

With the first televised debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney upon us, I thought I'd pass along some tips for winning your next debate. Sure, you might not be on a national stage, but whether that debate occurs in the question-and-answer period after a speech, with a fellow panelist in front of a crowd, or in a new business meeting, you can take some cues from the pros. My decades of work in public relations have taught me a few things about wooing the crowd, and besting your opponent (while staying humble). Here's how it's done:

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