Growing a Membership

I'm taking Stu McClaren's Tribe Course, and it's going great

Stu McClaren asked me, “What is it that drives you to create a membership site?” Let me tell you who Stu is, give my public answer to his question, and invite you to two things that I bet will be of benefit to you.

Platform Conference 2014

Stu McClaren (bottom right) at the Platform Conference in Tennesee. This is where he planted the seed in my mind for a membership site.

Olympians Are Polyphasic Sleepers

Olympic champs are trained to take quick naps before competition

I am a polyphasic sleeper, meaning I structure my sleep schedule to maximize my sleep efficiency by structuring several naps through the day. Turns out that Olympians do the same.

I take naps in cars often. Apparently, just like Michael Phelps.

I take naps in cars often. Apparently, just like Michael Phelps.

When I’m most disciplined, I get four hours of sleep per 24 hour cycle. This allows for 28 more hours of productive awake time per week. I have adjusted this more radical sleep schedule to add two hours per night and a reduction of one nap per day (down to two). In all, I get 6 hours and 20 minutes of sleep per 24 hour cycle. Still, this is an additional 12 hours of productivity per week.

Benedict Bernie

I don't agree with his politics, but I, too, was let down

I know a lot of liberals. I find most of them to be loving, life-giving and freedom-believing people. The ones I knew were big Bernie Sanders believers, and in a way, that gave me hope.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

Bernie Sanders was given a great opportunity to pivot on principle.

The Solution to the Next Orlando

Gun and Muslim control are red herring solutions that leave us vulnerable

With a tragedy like Orlando (and San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, and Charleston of the last year), I search for answers. But it is almost impossible to find them amidst the social media pontification from the Left and the Right. Both are obnoxious and critically wrong. I feel we are sitting ducks for another senseless murder.

Omar Mateem

How do you stop lunatics like this? No one seems to have the solution.

Photos from NITOC 2016

Plus links to others for viewing, sharing and tagging

I had the privilege of being part of the four-member photography team at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions last week in Springfield, Missouri. Here are photos plus links to other photos for viewing, sharing and tagging.

Tournament Director Joanne Quan giving announcements.

Tournament Director Joanne Quan giving announcements.

New Debate Cases and Briefs Available Now!

How the new sourcebooks work for the 2016-2017 year

Blue Book and Red Book come with 2016-17 cases and briefs right now. How is that possible when the resolutions don’t release till later (for most leagues)? By the magic of the new sourcebooks, that’s how.

Vance and I have been publishing Blue Book for nearly 20 years. We are both at NITOC for the week...come and say hi!

Vance and I have been publishing Blue Book for nearly 20 years. We are both at NITOC for the week. Find us and say hi!

Intensive Training

Getting primed for the National Debate Tournament

I am in Springfield, Missouri, for the 2016 National Invitational Tournament of Champions. We assembled kids from across the country for a weekend of debate prep for their big week. Check out the pictures.

Kids from Calif., Colo., Tex., Oka., Fla., and Ark. assembled in Springfield for intense debate training.

Kids from Calif., Colo., Tex., Oka., Fla., and Ark. assembled in Springfield for intense debate training.

The Zika Scare

We caught the virus, but so glad we didn't fall for the hype

Wendy and I considered canceling our 25th Anniversary trip to Puerto Rico due to the on the Zika Virus. But then we dug into research, and deduced that it would be ridiculous. The media was hyping up a scam, and the government was blowing the flames.

Who at the CDC came up with this brilliant advice?

“Don’t let mosquitoes bite you.” Who at the CDC came up with this brilliant advice?