From Novice to Intermediate

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...

Midseason Blues

Midseason Blues

Here in the frigid wastelands of Chicago, spring can seem a long way off. Debaters everywhere know how that feels: we often hit plateaus where we lack motivation or feel like we'll never reach that next level. If you're looking for some midseason encouragement, you've...

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...

The Keys to Victory

The Keys to Victory

Here at Ethos, we spend a lot of time talking about all the different strategies there are for winning debate rounds, and while winning shouldn’t be the only reason you debate, it’s definitely more fun when you do. In that vein, here are the 5 most important things to...

Negative Strategy

National Champion Ryan Collins delivers a lecture on negative strategy.