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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...
Note from the editor: As noted in our previous guest post/announcement from Isaac Sommers, we at Ethos understand the frustration of not being able to compete in normal/physical nationals. Thus, I and others at Ethos want to help make debaters more aware of some of...
“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...
Note from the editor: Like Isaac Sommers notes in this guest post, I also understand the frustration that you/debaters may be feeling or have felt over the tournament cancellations—especially since I have a younger brother in Stoa who for the first time was nationally...
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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...
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...
‘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...
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...
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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