Happy Monday! Many of you have just begun competing and had your first tournament experience this past weekend or the one before. Are you happy with your tournament performance? If you are, that’s great! Keep up the great work! If you’re not, however, maybe the single biggest thing you need to consider is shedding the “microwave mentality.” What do we mean by that? [..]

Using anecdotes can be a powerful way to boost the emotional appeal of your speech by making abstract issues concrete and giving them a name. Like so many debate tactics, however, a little bit can go a long way. Wendesday’s issue of The Guardian has some tips. Our favorite after the jump,


Our workshop series this season was about much more than topic preparation. Lecturers Jason Sykes (Associate Director of Debate at The Hockaday School) and Brian Lain (Director of Debate at the University of North Texas) created some innovative lessons plans on argument theory, an often-neglected aspect of debate, that translate easily to your classroom or debate meeting! You can find them below the fold. [..]

Our workshop Public Forum instructor, Jason Sykes, has graciously provided a special offer for Debate Central readers! Below the fold, you will find a coupon code for an awesome discount on PFDebate‘s monthly brief! [..]

Yesterday, we published our affirmative and negative files from the recent free workshop series. Today, we’re building your evidence set even more with a free Russia disadvantage by UT-Dallas Director of Debate Scott Herndon. You can find it below the fold: [..]

This weekend, we concluded our workshop series with one of the largest events in Debate Central history! We are so glad that so many of you were able to join us and take part in our free event. If you couldn’t make it, however, we haven’t forgotten about you. We’re posting the first of our evidence set below the fold, with more to come this week: [..]

Missed our free workshop series? Even if you can’t make it to Dallas, we hope you’ll get some use out of our lesson plans. Today, we’re posting the PowerPoints from our Policy Lecture sessions with Louie Petit and Scott Herndon. You can find them below the fold:

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