If you get nothing else from this website, get this: be positively memorable. Everything I will eventually say can be directly linked back to being positively memorable.
The reason I made this website is because I believe there is no one source for tips that make you memorable. I want to change that.
Don’t expect to see posts such as “Do these 5 things and you will be the best speaker in debate.” I go for specifics, not broad, impractical statements.
Instead, expect to see frequent posts with one specific tip at a time, developed with examples to be crystal clear. Expect to see a scientific explanation for why these tips work, links to related and helpful articles, and exclusive resources you’d never find elsewhere. Expect to be a part of the biggest, most comprehensive website on debate speaking that is online today.
I’m making some pretty powerful statements. Can I really deliver? Yes, and here’s why.
Between year 3 and year 4 of my time in NCFCA debate, I went from an average of 12th place speaker to placing in the top 5 at every tournament, including nationals.
I didn’t do it by sitting on my hands. Too many people are apathetic about improving, and figure they’ll just accidentally get better.
I didn’t do it by just practicing, either. Wait a minute… What? It’ll make sense in a minute.
Here’s a list of the best ways to improve, in order.
- Focused practice (Best)
- Regular practice with a coach
- Regular practice without a coach
- No practice, just improvement by debating at tournaments.
So what am I talking about when I say focused practice?
I am talking about analyzing your speeches and figuring out what’s wrong with them, then one by one eliminating those issues.
For example, you notice that judges are not being persuaded by even your best arguments. So you watch a video of yourself delivering a speech, and you find that you don’t look confident when you speak, and your delivery is not engaging. You then create a plan for how to improve.
- Improve posture (confidence)
- Improve breathing (confidence/delivery)
- Increase voice modulation (delivery)
- Prescript your arguments (delivery/confidence)
- Tell the judge to write the tag down (delivery)
- Use phrases such as “Here’s the bottom line” (delivery)
I limited my list to avoid boring you, but you get the idea. The next step in focused practice is to fix those problems one by one. Spend a while on posture until you have that done, then improve your breathing until it’s natural to you, etc.
Focused practice is superior to regular practice because it allows you to actually improve on one thing at a time, rather than trying to improve on everything at once.
How I help in this process
Okay, we get it Mr. Potent Speaking. But why do we need you?
Remember that list of things to improve on? I’m the supplier of the items on that list. My tips will be there to help you in your focused practice. My tips are almost exclusively small improvements that, if bundled together, add up to a huge package.
That, my friends, is how you go from the lame speaker to the main speaker.
How to get the most out of this site
If you see the value in what I have to offer, you probably want to know how to get the most out of this. If you don’t yet see the value, stick around anyway, I’m sure once I’ve published a few tips you’ll see how unique and helpful they are.
1. Keep engaged
- Like my Facebook page
- Sign up for tips by email (Email will receive some exclusive content that the website doesn’t offer)
- Commit to reading each tip as they come out, all the way through. A quick skim will not be as helpful as an in-depth read.
Please understand the importance of the email tips: not only is it a helpful reminder to read the latest tip, there is some exclusive content that you’d miss on the website.
2. Do focused practice
If you simply read these tips and say “hmm, I’ll try that next time I debate” I guarantee you will not do it to the best of your ability. Instead, take each tip, write them out in your own words, and focus on practicing one at a time. If you do this correctly, you will see an improvement.
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