Leveraging Time

Leveraging Time

There is a fundamental principle that governs formal debate and public speaking in general: time signifies importance. Great orators are able to use this to their advantage, and without its recognition one misses out on a key part of the rhetorical toolbox.  In...
Think like a Computer

Think like a Computer

In my opinion, Extemporaneous speaking is the most technical speech in NCFCA/Stoa. Sure, if you’re doing a digital presentation or an expository, then your speech might involve more technology, but barring that, Extemp requires you to learn technical skills that no...
Thinking Beyond the Debate

Thinking Beyond the Debate

We’ve all experienced it. A fellow competitor acts one way within a debate round and when they walk out of the room they act like a completely different person. Maybe they’re quite polished and professional while debating and then you see them in goofy antics with...
You’re doing your 2ACs wrong

You’re doing your 2ACs wrong

Before my last tournament of my high school debate career, NITOC 2021, I had a stunning realization.    My partner and I had booked private coaching to see what we needed to do to succeed at what was for us the pinnacle of our speech and debate career. After mere...