• Certifier of Debate Master Trainers
  • Romania’s National Director Of Training
  • Main organizer of the European Debate Trainers’ Conference
  • Coach of Romania’s national team for the world debate championship
  • Co-author of Romanian school debate manual “Rhetorics, Oratory, Debate”
Nae Sovaiala, Master Debate Trainer
Nicolae Șovăială-Ionescu

“Conversations ought to be had, not won.”

Trainer Profile

About me

From my first (and quite shy) speech during a debate competition at the age of 15, to certifying trainers and creating learning programmes, I’ve spent over half my life training minds (mine included) in the craft of constructive conversation. Debate changed my life for the better: for one, it allowed me to travel to countless international competitions, which, in a country that had just renounced communism, meant a lot. I excelled at competitions – I was the best european speaker at one point and qualified twice for the world championship. I won many conversations, but also lost many friends.

My world view changed and I learned of the immense power that words can have. I decided to become a trainer to spread the gift of argumentation, focussing not on the competitive, but rather on the curious. I defined my training philosophy as Kind Communication.


  • Master Debate Trainer (IDEA)
  • Studies in rhetoric, philosophy & law
  • Certified trainer in Situational Leadership
  • Basic training in Systemic Leadership
  • Basic training in Art of Hosting
  • HarvardX Leaders of Learning educational experience design course graduate

Experience as a trainer

I have been working as a trainer since 2009 for rhetoric, argumentation and pedagogy. I’ve trained most of Romania’s commercial argumentation trainers. I’ve worked abroad, with clients from both the USA and the EU always following my self affirmed mission to change the world for the better, one conversation at a time. I do this mainly by offering learners the information, skills, or means to change their attitude so that they can create constructive conflictual conversation contexts.

I use my passion for storytelling and my insight into learning processes to carefully personalize the learning experiences that I offer either via one-on-one work or during group workshops.

Greatest debating successes

  • Master trainer of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA)
  • National Director of Training for the Romanian Association of Debate, Rhetorics & Oratory
  • Chief Trainer of the Romanian Association of Thinking and Speaking
  • Mentor for various commercial Romanian debate programs
  • Best European speaker at the EurOpen Debate Championship
  • Twice member of Romania’s National Team for the World Championship


These exercises were a game changer for me

Nae is very intuitive, flexible, a true professional, great learning experience. These exercises I’ve done with him were a game changer for me, it opened my mind to new perspectives, and now I have better experiences communicating my ideas to people. Book him if you’re a manager, entrepreneur, or just for your growth as a person. Thank you!

Irina T., E-commerce Entrepreneur

A perfectionist in his work

I have worked with Nae in the past, and I can certify that he is a perfectionist in his work, and puts in a lot of passion in the training that he is delivering. I highly recommend you to work with him!

Daniel R., Program Manager la Innovation Labs Romania

Challenged our critical thinking

With Nae I had the chance to work in both a small homogenous group as well as in a room full of people of different ages and nationalities. Either way, Nae delivered fun, useful and interactive workshops in a very passionate and entertaining way. He had us all involved, challenged our critical thinking and at the end of the day we felt that we have learned a lot. Thank you Nae! I really recommend at least a first discussion with the creator of Argument Antrenament.

Radu E., Associate Manager Renewals Germany

Nae’s workshops will keep you on your toes

Nae’s workshops will keep you on your toes and teach you that in real life, you have to always land on your feet. For me, it was a great opportunity for introspection and, through well-designed questions from Nae, I managed to research better, set higher quality goals, and reach said goals via significantly better planning. Nae helps guide you through constructive feedback and steers you to overcome your own expectations (all this while you are enjoying the process and the things you’ve learned). I fully recommend Nae to anyone looking to develop their communication abilities. 

Florina S., General Director Xerox Romania

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