Round Table



Round Table 


Learn More: ICCFS History


ICC is on purpose to prepare our student to solve real-world problems while working with teams. Round Table is an exercise where students begin the journey toward listening well, interacting with the world of ideas, and communicating both persuasively and respectfully on a team with a common goal. 


For a fuller understanding of the value of working with and on diverse teams, listen to Dr. Moon's clip:  Round Table, Trading Up


What are others saying about the value of problem solving and collaboration?

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Tournament Exercise


At ICCFS Tournaments, eligible speakers are randomly assigned to teams of 5-7 members that remain consistent throughout the tournament. A qualified Student Facilitator is assigned to each team.

Teams are seated around a table. Adult Evaluators are positioned around the outside to observe.

At the beginning of the initial round, all teams are given the same scenario.  Over the course of three rounds, students are guided through the steps of ICC's problem-solving model to identify a problem, brainstorm a solution to that problem, and then make a plan of implementation. At the end of each round, the facilitator will present an executive summary to the evaluator.


Team Members and Facilitators receive written feedback for each of the three rounds. Certificates of Excellence and Invitations to the International Tournament are awarded to the top Facilitator(s) and individual Team Members. Top teams will be recognized at local tournaments.



Round Table Overview


Find rules, ballots, Q&A, and instructions on the Round Table Overview.



Problem-Solving Model Resource


 This Problem-Solving Model Resource is provided not just to prepare students for the tournament but for the real world.


Training using the ICC Problem-Solving Model and consensus-building skills is available through our Fall Focus materials. Contact your Area Coordinator to learn more about upcoming training opportunities or check out the Round Table Training Planning Guide and bring this training to your ICC Chapter or Community Group.





If students are able to engage in a conversation, they are ready to take full advantage of this exercise. Even if they do not prepare at all, they will still find this a valuable experience.

The focus of this exercise is on the experience and the processes over extensive research and presentation of information. Students should come prepared to listen, to ask questions, to be open to the ideas of others, to think critically, and to find common ground which can be the foundation for influence. (See criteria on ballots linked to the Overview.)

Preparation may include discussing the scenario, listed below, with a variety of people, researching related topics, and then recording information and insights on a 3”X5” card. Students do not need to spend more than 2 hours on research and discussions. 


The following scenario will be used at the IGNITE tournament and throughout the tournament season. A new scenario will be used at the International Championship.



2019 Scenario:

2019 Coming Soon!


Add your scenario suggestions here: Round Table Scenarios


ICCFS History

In the past we’ve added new events to meet changing needs in the culture, better preparing our members for what they will encounter in the real world.

2012  Computer-Assisted Presentation was added to address the increasing need for visual communication.

2013  Cultural Storytelling and Original Adaptation enhanced skills for sharing truth through storytelling and the new Student Evaluator role created opportunities to practice leadership skills.

2016  Interview was introduced to prepare our students for the myriad of interviews they will encounter in their lives.

2017  Round Table prepares members to influence culture in ministry and marketplace. 



Watch this Message from Dr. Moon:  Round Table, Trading Up


Research tells us we have moved from an information economy to a connection economy. Businesses and organizations are trending toward connection and collaboration and away from information and evidence. Information can be accessed from almost anywhere; it’s connections that influence culture - connecting people to people, people to information, people to important ideas.  


ICC’s mission is focused on getting next generation Christians ready for influence. This requires equipping our members for communication with real-world application by providing real-time feedback. We believe Round Table Discussion, an activity developed by the oldest forensics society Pi Kappa Delta, is the next vehicle that prepares us to do just that. Not only will it allow more members to participate, but it will better equip our members for what they will experience in the real world.


Round Table Discussion is a form of discussion used for the purpose of building consensus. Participants work together on a specific issue to come to an agreement through discussion and debate. Each person is given equal opportunity to participate, as illustrated by the idea of a circular layout referred to in the term “round table.”  

This activity will equip students with the skills they need to collaborate, to listen to innovative thoughts, to understand new ideas, to value different opinions, to think critically about many sides of an issue (there are always more than two), to draw out ideas of others, to add comments respectfully, to ask questions to clarify, to be willing to participate, and to work together toward a common goal.These skills are essential to conversations from the dinner table to the conference table, from the student council meeting to the executive board meeting. Communication and relationships at all levels will be impacted.

The ICC vision is a global community empowering next generation Christians to influence today's culture. The ICCFS team’s promise is to continue to align our activities and training to advance our vision and mission so that we can develop today the skills to be influence-ready which you need now and in the future. We care about you that much!


What are others saying about the value of problem solving and collaboration?

Harvard Business Review


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