The Training Minds “NITC” Camp is across the street from the NCFCA National Tournament in Tulsa this year. Together with some of the best coaches in the country, I will be running debate scrimmages, drills and group discussions—all aimed to making the best nationals experience possible.

Date: June 15, 2013
Time: All Day
Event: Nationals Intensive Training Camp for NCFCA Debaters
Topic: Nationals Intensive Training Camp for NCFCA Debaters
Sponsor: Training Minds
Venue: Crowne Plaza
Location: 7902 South Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

This is the end-of-the-year finale. Be sure to check out Training Minds for summer camps that kick off next year!

Love and Win a Book

I gave the first books away yesterday to Cathy O. from New York, and I sent off the second email to a lucky winner this morning asking for a mailing address. Why am I giving away $100 worth of books? I have three good reasons.

This is my club. I show you how to pull together your own in my book.

This is my speech and debate club. I show you how to join a club—or pull together your own—in my new book.

Book Give Away

I’m feeling pretty grateful for the success of my latest book. It has been well received since its release a couple months ago. To celebrate, I’m giving away $100 worth of books through this week. Let me explain why, what and how to get yours.

Andrew Pudewa (right) has been instrumental in bringing speech and debate to new families.

Andrew Pudewa (right) has been instrumental in bringing speech and debate to new families.

This kids are gonna change the world.

My family attended the Green Country Finale Tournament in Tulsa, Okahoma. My five competitors came home with plenty of trophies, most notably 1st place Lincoln-Douglas debate and speaker by Lydia, and 1st place Humorous by Micah. (iPhone 4g)

That Is Why We Have Camp

My wife, Wendy, attended a tournament last month. A new debater took the podium, knees shaking, voice barely audible, and she ended up crying. She was 14 years old and had a terrifying experience.

This advanced extemper helped a 12-year-old understand some basic concepts.

This advanced extemper helped a 12-year-old understand some basic concepts.

I’ve seen this time and again in academic debate, but never from our camp alumni. At a tournament, that is. When your first round ever is at a tournament, you can’t expect much sympathy. Your opponent may feel bad for you, but she also wants to win. Your judge may have the same feelings, but he will vote for the technical winner in the end.

The time to work out your fear of speaking is at camp. This is why I’ve been running them (www.trainingminds.org/events) since 2001. Thousands of students have gone through our program over the years and they come out confident, committed and conscientious speakers.

OODA Loop

I witnessed a hit-and-run in Cincinnati last week. A sedan clipped a motorcyclist. The motorcycle—one driver and a passenger—spun out. The sedan left, and I was the only one at the scene. What do to?

Motorcycle Accident

Everyman: Three Concerns to My New Sleep Pattern

I’m getting about 4 hours of sleep in every 24 hour cycle. I’ve been doing so for nearly a month. The Everyman Sleep Cycle has opened up 28 extra hours of productivity every week, and for a busy guy like me, that has been awesome. (Read my first article about it here.)

Life demands a lot from me. Will the Everman Sleep Cycle help or hinder me?

Life demands a lot from me. Will the Everman Sleep Cycle help or hinder me?

The Everyman is a disciplined “polyphasic” sleep schedule, meaning I sleep more than twice throughout the day. The Everyman Sleep Cycle consists of one three-hour sleep with three 20-minute naps. I’ve been fairly consistent with only a few slip ups that weren’t difficult to correct.

But I have to admit, I was initially weary of the idea. Usually I blog about whatever I’m up to, but I was hesitant, and I didn’t write about it till I was at least three weeks into giving it a try. Sure, I liked (no, I loved) the idea of gaining almost an entire day of productivity each week, but if it degraded my cognitive abilities to the point of making me less productive, I suppose that wouldn’t amount to much.

There were three side effects for which I was watching carefully, and these side effects are—for the most part—general criticism of the Everyman Sleep Cycle. Let me explain my observations of each of these.