Elevating Workplace Dynamics through Active Listening! 

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey In a world buzzing with constant distractions, the ability to truly listen is a superpower. Active listening isn’t just about hearing words; it’s about understanding, empathising, and building meaningful connections.🌐 Why is Active Listening […]

What a day!

Monday was a spectacular day at Debate Mate, with not one, but two incredible events. In the morning we had the pleasure of hosting Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, and Bridget Philipson, Shadow Education Secretary, at Sydney Russell in Dagenham, a school on the Debate Mate Core programme. We were able to showcase […]

2️⃣ Communication 2️⃣

Recent research from LinkedIn shows that the 2nd on the list of ‘Most In-Demand Skills for 2023’ is #Communication. So why are employers and HR professionals putting so few resources toward developing these skills in their workforce? Harvard University conducted research that showed that 85% of career success: #employment rate, chances of #promotion and job #stability, comes from well developed soft […]

What We Are Noticing About Graduates

🎓 Are your interns and graduates lacking in confidence, professionalism and teamwork skills? A recent Financial Times article (linked in the comments below) shed light on the unprecedented challenges that current and incoming graduates are struggling with. We have noticed, much like the companies we work with, that interns and incoming graduates say they are: ❎less confident, ❎prefer […]

Debate Mate x Forbes

Debate Mate featured in Forbes this weekend for revolutionising the way companies collaborate whilst giving back to their local communities during lockdown: “It may not seem possible to create a team bonding experience that’s fun, educational, connective and at the same time provides an opportunity to give back. But tell that to the folks at […]

How to combine debating with football?

Hosting a virtual footy debate with Nick Robinson, Henry Winter, and Jacqui Oatley… today was a good day at the ‘office’!  We had 170 people tuned in from 17 countries for our virtual debate at lunchtime.  The speakers managed to persuade the audience that the 2019/20 football season shouldn’t be voided, and then as if […]

Let’s Smile :)

Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin. When he smiled I realised I’d passed it on to him. I thought about that smile, then I realised its worth. A single smile, just like […]

Debate Mate x Financial Times

Proud day for Debate Mate – we’ve been featured in the Financial Times as part of their International Women’s Week series.  “People think you’re born confident or you’re not, but confidence is a skill”  At Debate Mate we’re aiming to use our programme to level the playing field from the classroom right up to the […]

Debate Mate x Deloitte Better Futures Month

Young people working alongside businesses to truly innovate and create something really special.  As part of our partnership with Deloitte’s #BetterFuturesMonth in May this year we ran a competition for an an ideas that used technology for good. The winning idea was a gamified recycling bin, where AI technology captures an image of the rubbish, […]

Is vulnerability the most important leadership skills?

This was the question posed in the Debate Mate facilitated debate at the annual Omniwoman Summit. A fantastic panel of speakers including industry experts Cyndall McInerney and Sean Betts, debated in mixed teams with our show stopper students from Sacred Heart School in Camberwell, and Debate Mate world class debaters Ade O. and Zarina Bell-Gam. […]