From Intermediate to Advanced

Isaiah on Winning Outrounds

Learn from Isaiah McPeak how to improve your outround performance.

Lindsay See on Rebuttals

Rebuttals have two basic points: 1. Why you’re winning the arguments you’re winning, and 2. Why those ones are the most important.

Three Common TP Questions

Isaiah answers 3 top questions Team Policy debaters have.

Pugh/Bozarth vs. Kintzing/Kintzing

Flow this round write down 3 things you should improve in your presentation style as a result.

Guidelines to Dropped Arguments – Part 1

Guidelines to Dropped Arguments – Part 1

In my second year of speech and debate, I had a favorite phrase: "My opponent dropped my argument." Whenever my opponent ignored the slightest bit of my analysis, I harped on it and even made it a voting issue. I wrote an elaborate script that I'd give every time my...

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...

Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office (Negative)

Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office (Negative)

Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office. This topic prep is meant to stimulate ideas (and give resources) rather than hand feed you contentions to run. Check the additional...

Why You Should Share Your 1AC – With Everyone

Why You Should Share Your 1AC – With Everyone

This is an adapted version of a lecture Isaiah McPeak gave in 2012 at debate camps nationwide. As Team Policy debaters prepare for the new debate season this coming fall, the time and thrill of researching new cases will also come full swing. With this time,...

Advanced Verbal Techniques – Get Inside your Audience’s Mind.

Advanced Verbal Techniques – Get Inside your Audience’s Mind.

How do you take your speeches to the next level? How do you separate yourself from the rest of the room, and even the other speakers in the debate round? Focus on the key distinguishing factors that make all the difference. Most of the time you can just get good or...