I asked the question on my Facebook page, “Think of an argument you had with someone, but you lost (or at least feel like you did). What was the argument?” My friend, Andrew, responded, and his explanation became a perfect example of when an argument turns into a disaster.
I thought of three people when I read a business article in this morning’s paper: My sister, bestselling author Jeff Goins, and the 2008 Lincoln-Douglas debate champion from NCFCA. They all perfected a debate practice that made them exceptional.
I work with a team of writers who are spending their summer creating the best source material for speech and debate competitors. I believe there is no better preparation for 2017-2018 competition than the new MonumentMembers.com website.
See it in action at MonumentMembers.com.
I wish you were there! These debaters are ready for Season 18 competition, that’s for sure. Magic happens when you mix excellent coaching with mountain hikes, ropes courses and a Bible camp atmosphere. Join us next year, but for now, enjoy these pictures…
My publishing company and ministry train debaters throughout the United States in three different leagues. There are two methodologies out there: OPEN and CLOSED. The former is definitely better than the latter.
Once you run a case in a round, consider the whole world knows about it.
Jeff Goins has a brand new book out, and it lines up with the “for action” vision of Training Minds. What I love most about the book is that it blows a stereotype out of the water: you don’t need to starve while doing your good work!
Two coaches + 15 kids = road trip to Texas! I was the tournament photographer, too, for the NB500 Speech and Debate Tournament in New Braunfels. Check out my favorite photos…
Selfie with the winners of Lincoln-Douglas debate!
My company launched a new contest this morning. We’re giving away hundreds in prizes to call on debaters to brief against our “Late-season Surprise” cases for NCFCA, Stoa and NSDA. Details are below, but see here for complete details.
For those who have experienced trauma, The Shack (the novel and now movie) is a profound story that has extreme power to heal. But to some, The Shack is heresy and evil. Let me explain the conflict between the two.
The Shack is a run-away bestseller that attempts to explain how God is with us through our pain.
Mixing “fake news” into your media intake is like watching a nasty debate round. To me—a teacher of debate and persuasion—it’s obvious what Fake News is, how it is used to manipulate you, and how it may be overcome.
Manipulation: Most of us know of CNN’s attempt to manipulate the Clinton/Sanders debates by giving this question to Hillary ahead of the town hall debate.