Do's and Don'ts of POIs
- Take at least one POI during your speech
- Finish your sentence or thought before taking a POI
- Stop a POI if the person saying the POI has gone over 15 seconds or you understand their point: make sure to be polite and say, "Thank you, I understand your point"
- If you are uncertain whether you have time to take a POI, respond to the POI with, "I'll take your POI after my point" and continue reading your case
- Answer POI's with evidence or reasoning
- Be polite when turning a POI down: either use a hand motion to decline or say, "No thank you"
- Wave down every POI the other team gives: if you do, it shows the judge you don't know the topic well enough to think on your feet and answer a question brought up by the opposing team
- Immediately continue reading your case after the POI has finished: try and answer the POI with reasoning or evidence
- Stop mid-sentence to take a POI: always finish your thought or sentence before taking a POI and let the person giving the POI know that you'll take it after you finish your point
- Pass the POI onto your next speaker: always try and come up with an answer to a POI, but in a worst case-scenario it's ok to say your next speaker will answer the POI
- Leave a person with a POI standing for a long time: quickly decide if you want to take their POI or decline it