Persuasion, Communication and Debate. 

We exist to build people up as mature and powerful communicators. Communication is a discipline, not just a skill. Our training teaches students the discipline it takes to master communication. Ethos combines natural persuasion habits and methods, statistical data on communication techniques, and modern psychology. Join us in the timeless journey of rhetoric. We also teach collegiate and high school debate. 

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The Number One Way to Boost Consistency – Tagging

The Number One Way to Boost Consistency – Tagging

"No way I should've lost that round; I won every argument on the flow." "How did I lose? The judge ignored my most important argument!" "It's not my fault I lost; my logic was perfect." You've likely heard people justify their losses in these ways. Thoughts along...

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Communicating and Debating in an Unsafe World

Communicating and Debating in an Unsafe World

In times like this - I am quick to remind my coaches and students - that debate is really just the practice of real world communication in a competitive format. We only utilize tactics and persuasion in debate, because those same tactics generally mirror their...

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Reasons and Advice for Debating Online

Reasons and Advice for Debating Online

“Online debate.” I am not going to lie, when I hear that phrase, I cringe. Or at least, I used to. After partaking in an online debate tournament, I have found that online debate provides a viable, beneficial, and even fun alternative to debate tournaments during...

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Launching NEW Ethos Five-Week Courses

Launching NEW Ethos Five-Week Courses

Tired of being stuck at home? So are we. Beat the boredom by joining us for one (or several) of our all-new discounted five-week courses. Click on an image below to read more about each class and register. Classes start in two weeks on April 14, so don't wait!

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Figures of Speech: A Handout

Figures of Speech: A Handout

Recently, Thaddeus Tague dug up an old document that Ethos has used for coaching: a figures of speech handout. “Figure of speech” broadly refers to deliberate patterns or abnormalities in language with a goal of producing some effect in the audience; it includes...

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Engage Contrast

Engage Contrast

When you are trying to teach or argue for something—whether in a debate, speech, lecture, or blog article—you should present the points as uncontroversial, perhaps even intuitive (so long as you aren’t being misleading); after all, you want the audience to believe...

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Civil Discussion Topics for Thanksgiving

Civil Discussion Topics for Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season for turkey, family, and all the conversations that come from families getting together to eat turkey. At least for me Thanksgiving tends to be a fun holiday and I enjoy visiting with family, but I also have seen how discussions can sometimes get a bit...

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Free Briefs and Ethos TP Sourcebook!

Free Briefs and Ethos TP Sourcebook!

Ethos debate is excited to announce that this Saturday it will be releasing both its Stoa and NCFCA TP sourcebooks. We have 18 quality briefs in each sourcebook, that are ready for debaters to use. In order for you to see the quality of the sourcebook, we are...

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Tips for Writing General Briefs

Tips for Writing General Briefs

In my previous article, I talked about the benefits of writing general briefs and suggested that taking the time to explore the resolution and brief general ideas can be remarkably beneficial. So, perhaps you’ve decided to write a general brief. Great! But what comes...

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It’s Time For a Change… In Team Policy Speaking Times

It’s Time For a Change… In Team Policy Speaking Times

My old high school partner and I would often live or die with the block—specifically, the negative block in team policy—when we were affirmative: if the negative delivered most of their strongest arguments in the 2NC speech (as opposed to in the 1NC), then we were in...

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