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...
When in conflict?

When in conflict?

A few years ago the NCFCA had the resolution: “When in conflict, the government ought to value fair trade over free trade.” Now while there were certainly plenty of problems with this resolution, it had two very important phrases: “the government” and “when in...