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Terror Strikes – Practical Tips for Combating Stage Fright

It started the moment my alarm began its song and dance routine, vibrating on the table next to the bed. A spike of instantaneous, high-voltage adrenaline and I shot out of bed and across the room in full panic mode, my fight-or-flight instincts going ballistic. It... read more

My Story: How Debate Prepared Me for a Marketing Career

When I was fourteen, I was a computer nerd. I would grab 1,000-page behemoth books about programming and shred through them. My computery world went upside down when my mom met a fellow homeschool, Christian family at the YMCA: they had recently started up a speech... read more

Lies of Rhetoric #3: How to Address Fallacies

In the past two parts in this series, we’ve delivered a glossary of fallacies for you to use in identifying fallacious argumentation in your next round. However, just calling an argument a fallcy isn’t enough to kill it. So how do you take down fallacies?... read more

New “Programs” Page

If you’re on this site, it means one of two things: You’re procrastinating something important. You want to improve your debate skillset. They aren’t mutually exclusive, don’t worry.  But if you’re serious about improving, give our... read more

Midseason Preparation: Accelerate Your Debating

I’m never going to forget my eagle scout project. My team and I repaired antique fire ladders for the City of Chesapeake’s Fire Department – but we did it using the classical style: scraping the old varnish off of the ladders with shards of glass. The hardest... read more

The Importance of the Constitution in Debate: Part #2

In the last post in this two-part series, I looked at the importance of the Constitution, why it is often ignored, the wrong way to argue Constitutionality, and how to properly explore Constitutional issues.  Now I will look more at the specific application of these... read more

Lies of Rhetoric #2: Formal Fallacies

Fallacies in general, are confusing. And if the subject weren’t complicated enough already, some may feel that logicians decided to even further complicate it by distinguishing between formal and informal fallacies. By the end of this article, I hope to explain that... read more

The Importance of the Constitution in Debate: Part #1

Two debaters in suits walk into a large auditorium.  Their hands are sweating as they lay down the files of evidence they have studied for months, in preparation for this very moment.  The first speaker begins his introduction facing a nine-judge panel, in what may be... read more

Quiz Corner: Debater Persona – Assessing Results

Bulldozer or Tortoise? President or Lawyer? Wizard or Motivational Speaker? From Survivor to Scholar, each debater has a unique flair and personality. Last week, I shared a quiz in the hopes that it would help you identify some of the advantages and disadvantages that... read more

Lies of Rhetoric #1: Informal Fallacies

What is a Logical Fallacy? A Logical fallacy is an argument that makes a flaw or error in its reasoning. Using logic – and knowing about fallacies – is a potent and formidable tool one can use, in both debate and in life. Pointing out a logical fallacy can... read more

Quiz Corner: What’s Your Debater Persona?

If you’re like me, you’re used to seeing dozens of personality quizzes plastered all over social media. What Lord of the Rings Character are you? What kind of pizza are you? How long would you survive the apocalypse? (I’m Gandalf, I don’t care, and probably not very... read more

5 Unique Ways to Make Your Case Stand Out

Are you looking to bring your affirmative case to the next level, but don’t know what to add? Here are the top five tips to help your aff rounds gain a new edge. Tip #1: Memorize facts and quotes The first time I saw this done with a quote was in outrounds at NCFCA... read more

Make Good Brief-Writing Decisions: Introducing The BPAS

I’m going to be honest, I have no idea what we were doing sometimes. Now, I’d definitely say that our club had a relatively good level of organization. However, the seemingly inevitable degree of chaos in some of our practices drove me crazy. Aside from deciding how... read more

Why You Should Debate Transparently

The ancient Greek philosopher and rhetorician Gorgias was a very talented orator. He was so persuasive that he said he could persuade people into believing him through charlatanry, which led to the term “sophistry.” Socrates labeled sophistry as a manipulative form of... read more