From Novice to Intermediate

Platform Perfection: Standing Out

Platform Perfection: Standing Out

We hear coaches (and judges) discuss the need to “stand out from the competition.” Point well taken. Just one question: What does this mean for writing, blocking, and performing our platforms? If you have ever asked or thought of a similar question, you are not alone....

The Sweet Spot of Appeal

The Sweet Spot of Appeal

What to Do when Your Rankings are Consistently the Highest or Lowest in the Room Imagine coming out of a tournament, eagerly waiting for ballots, opening your envelope and seeing the cursed rankings… 1-8-8 in every single room. Your soul is crushed… The speech you...

The Foundation of Impromptu

The Foundation of Impromptu

Every so often, I'm asked if there's any speech event that's a necessity to compete in. My answer is always the same: "Impromptu". Impromptu is an event that pushes your speaking style and thinking to the maximum. Learning the event is one of the most effective ways...

Negative Strategy

National Champion Ryan Collins delivers a lecture on negative strategy.