Lighten Up a Little

Lighten Up a Little

Before I begin, I ought to inform you that I am deeply unqualified to give this advice. I have spent much of my life looking far more stern than most people would consider proper, and still think myself an unflappable pessimist. Read at your own peril. Out on a Limb...
Impacting: Not Just For Debate

Impacting: Not Just For Debate

If you have been around forensics for any substantial length of time, you have likely, at some point, watched a truly fascinating speech, only to be left asking a single question. “Why?”  Whenever this happens, the speech’s entertainment value is typically off the...
Refuting Emotional Appeal

Refuting Emotional Appeal

“I voted for your opponents because lives are important.” Staring disappointedly at that solitary sentence, I felt overwhelmingly perplexed and perhaps even a tad disappointed. It has happened to all of us: you compete in a debate, you feel sure that you...