Credit for the idea of this phrase goes to Samuel Sefzik.
It’s easy for your audience to get overwhelmed in a debate speech. There are a lot of points and plenty of logic floating around in any given debate round.
Getting your audience to remember and care about all of your points is usually impossible (unless there are extremely few, like 3 points with no subarguments).Getting your audience to remember and care about all of your points is usually impossible Click To Tweet
So you need to prioritize.
Sorry, I know you don’t like that word.
You have to choose the argument that is the most fundamental to your position, and push on that the hardest.
With that in mind, the easiest way to get your judge to remember your important point is to tell them quite clearly that’s what you want them to remember. It’s really that simple.
After explaining and impacting your point, say, “if you remember nothing else from this speech, remember this. [Repeat tag line/argument summary]“.
It’s a good idea to say a phrase like this twice in your speech. Maybe as you conclude you can say something like, “The #1 point I want you to take away from this speech is [tag line/argument summary]“.
Not only will this help judges remember your most important point, it forces you to pick the most important point, and that’s pretty important. 🙂