I made a breakthrough in organizational workflow for my speech and debate publishing company, Monument Publishing. At first it appears risky and hazardous (how on earth will I make money?), but I think it’s going to be successful. At least I hope so.
People are going to think this is a typo. I’m dropping the price of my bestselling sourcebook by 50 bucks.
This is a long post that sorts out my thinking a bit. I’m sorry if it bores you, but if you’re an entrepreneur like me, you’ll find it a bit interesting. Besides, I’m a little anxious about the big change because it could flop, so I’d appreciate your feedback.
Wendy and I gave a free webinar of 97 parents (we almost sold out!) who wanted to hear from us about speech and debate. We broke our presentation down into three sections—time, schooling, and money—which are all concerns for people getting started with speech and debate.
Click to watch the Speech & Debate Family Life Webinar.
But for blogging’s sake, let me run down these three sections for you. I bet they’re on your mind if you’re thinking of getting involved.
Wendy and I will be traveling out to Virginia for the state convention. We will be joining Andrew Pudewa at the Institute for Excellence in Writing booth as well as attending the conference for our yearly home education preparations.
This is my busiest time of the year. I’m literally working 20 hour days (I’m on a polyphasic sleep schedule). Camps are in the making and prep for publishing is roaring fast. Field day with the kids? I was tempted to skip it.
My friend Dave hosts Field Day every spring with home educators from up and down the Colorado Front Range. It’s a blast.
My 18-year-old daughter, Lydia, is a die-hard “Belieber.” She made this mix from several Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber videos. Not bad video editing, wouldn’t you say?
I’ve got a very good story to share with you. It happened in 2010 when I approached the #1 Lincoln-Douglas debater in the nation and asked him to attend NITC, our 2-day camp prior to the national tournament. He turned me down.
I’m feeling awesome. The results of the last two tournaments of the year showed Training Minds Alumni securing the topmost awards. It gives way to an idea that I want you and your family to consider.
My kids won 1st place duo interpretation, a presentation of The Princess Bride, in San Diego over the weekend.
I’m proud to say that I’m an “evangelist” when it comes to speech and debate. Of course I am: I wrote the book and I’m the president of Training Minds, the organization that cleaned house last weekend. I believe speech and debate is one of the best kept secrets out there. But you know what else? The camp I run is the best kept secret in the best kept secret! Allow me to explain.
Hang around me long enough and you’ll catch the enthusiasm I have for speech and debate. Those of you who are involved are wrapping up your year, either moving onto nationals or casting your vision for the next year. But there is something that has been bothering me lately: three secrets to this community of speech and debate.
A best-kept secret: the speech and debate community.
One of the most common things I hear this time of the year from parents I meet at competitions: I had no idea this existed. They either got involved late in their children’s education or they are just now learning about the organization I run to help train them in speech and debate. I often reply, “Speech and debate is one of the best kept secrets available to a young person’s education.”
But it shouldn’t be a secret! There is no reason to keep this from anyone. I have three thoughts that should encourage you to lift the aura of secrecy and bring people (perhaps you!) into this awesome community.
These are my youngest competitors, Tabitha and Noah. It is their first year debating together, and they are a hair shy from making it to their national tournament. They’re last stab at qualifying is this weekend.
It’s actually rare when a young team (they started the year off as 12- and 13-year-olds) end up so close to nationals. Most kids have a year or two of competition in their belts. This leads to a question I have for you and your kids:
What does it take to bring your kids to nationals?