Speaking drills are an important component of preparing for your debates. Today, we’re going to introduce you to some of the best drills, and explain how each one will help you improve. [..]
In honor of February 12th, today we’re going to share the 12 best pieces of debate advice we’ve ever received. Read and absorb these nuggets of wisdom below. [..]
This week’s guest blog post comes from Myra Milam. Myra is currently a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where she competes in NFALD debate. Last year, Myra was top speaker at the National Forensics Association college National Tournament, in addition to being the National Runner-Up in LD debate. Since beginning her career at Truman as a freshman, Myra has placed in the top ten debaters and top four speakers every year at Nationals. In the past eight years, Myra has competed in and coached every form of debate. Her argumentation style is an ever-evolving performance geared towards advancing inclusion in debate, particularly in terms of her experiences from her social location as a woman.
Today, Myra will tell you what steps to take if your squad seems to be stuck in a rut, and you want to branch out in terms of your interests, argumentative strategy, and style. [..]
Today’s post is written by a guest contributor, Charles Fisher. Charles is currently the Public Forum coach at Millard North in Omaha, NE. As a debater, he was a TOC Top Speaker in public forum in 2006, as well as a Nebraska State runner-up in public forum. He also competed in cross-x/policy debate, where he racked up a third-place State finish and a trip to NFL Nationals. In this article, Charles tells PFers how to structure a strong backbone for an awesome PF case, by borrowing a few techniques from CX. [..]
When I was judging this last weekend, I found myself repeating the same criticism to teams over and over again. It’s a technique that is particularly important in close debates, because it influences judges to resolve contentious issues in your favor. It will also help you minimize the places you might be losing. Today, I’ll share it with you. [..]