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Lessons From A Three Year Old

"How could the judge not understand our mandate?" "Did they really miss that round-winning statistic?" "We addressed that Disadvantage! Why was it in their RFD?!" If you've ever had questions like these after a round, then this post is for you....

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Prepping For Regionals: A Montage

Many of you in NCFCA are gearing up for Regionals--your last chance to qualify directly to Nats. Others are hitting mid-season plateau. Or maybe you're still looking for that elusive check mark in Stoa. Whatever your circumstances may be, if you're looking for some...

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The Keys to Victory

Here at Ethos, we spend a lot of time talking about all the different strategies there are for winning debate rounds, and while winning shouldn’t be the only reason you debate, it’s definitely more fun when you do. In that vein, here are the 5 most important things to...

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Speed Tip Series: Organization

Whenever you have a question about life’s crucial issues, there is only one place to go: Pinterest, the ultimate authority on contemporary culture, life, and philosophy. Its wisdom cannot be understated. When you need the latest fashion trends, Pinterest has you...

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Parli Prep: Using Your Time Well

My last post detailed how to prepare for parliamentary debate by expanding your knowledge base. But with that knowledge on hand, how can you best use your precious minutes of prep time? Generally, your prep sessions are best divided into three sections. Giraldine...

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Revisiting Nuclear War, Part Two

Nuclear war usually appears in debate rounds about as often as Hitler: with absurd frequency. In this post, Harrison finishes discussing another technique for responding to nuclear disadvantages. Read part one here.  The arguments are generally wrong/invalid This...

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Parli Prep: Expanding Your Knowledge Base

Collegiate British Parliamentary (BP) debate has been a new experience for me. No electronic resources, no consulting outside help is allowed. Only your mind, your partner, and perhaps some printed materials (like a copy of The Economist, some fact sheets, or an...

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Revisiting Nuclear War, Part 1

Earlier this year, I ventured back out into the forbidding lands of public school policy debate, to help judge. Once again, I was sorely let down by what I saw. In all of the rounds I watched, there was excessive speed and spread, generic evidence, and, perhaps worst...

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They’ve Arrived: The Midseason Sourcebooks Are Here!

Friends of Ethos, We just sent out our promised midseason update to all of our sourcebook customers! If you were one of the 200 people who purchased an Ethos sourcebook, the midseason is sitting in your inbox as we speak, just waiting to be downloaded. If you aren't...

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How To Have Influence, 3.2: Commitment and Consistency

This post is a continuation of our series on how to have influence. Part one examined reciprocity, part two focused on the contrast principle, and part three began a discussion on commitment and consistency. This post finishes up part three with a few more tips on how...

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How To Have Influence, Part 3: Commitment and Consistency

This post is part of a series on how to have influence. Be sure to read parts one and two for more tips on building your influence. "It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end." - Leonardo da Vinci This post will cover the third part of Influence, by Dr....

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It’s That Time Of Year Again…

Ethos camps are back! We are in the middle of scheduling and working out logistics for as many camps as we can. The camps page itself won’t be up for a bit, however, we did want to notify you of the first camp on the books! Patrick Henry College is hosting a week-long...

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Speed Tip Series: Filler Words

Welcome to our Speed Tip Series—snapshots of common issues faced by debaters, paired with quick tips to remedy them. Let us know if there’s a particular topic you’d like to see covered in a Speed Tip! Everyone knows about filler words: the perfidious little invaders...

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Learning Or Winning: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Part 2

This is the second part of a post discussing learning and winning, and how each fits into competitive debate. You can read part one here. Another way we prioritize winning over learning is by putting arrangement before discovery. Arrangement Before Discovery I’ve...

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