Why Keynote Speakers Are So Important (especially these two)

Debate camp is academic—understandably so. Students learn rhetorical strategies, new vocabulary, and drills throughout our five days together. But I have found that a keynote address from someone with a reputable message helps bring it all into focus. I’m changing things up a bit this year, and this will interest (perhaps include) you.

Platform Conference

Enter With Humor

I just finished making the final edits on Bronze Book, a collection of 14 pieces written by champion interp and platform speakers from across the country. I’m telling ya, this group of kids are awesome.

Aaron Dykstra 1st Place

For someone who is just starting to get used to the idea of speech and debate, Bronze Book is likely the best book for them. (Well, perhaps a close second to my book Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate.) For the last four years I have asked champion speakers to pull together their thoughts of their speech competition. How they came up with their piece or topic, their trouble points, what they learned, and their advice to the next year of speakers.

This is the student’s opportunity to breathe a little life into the next generation of speakers. That could be you!

How to Deal With the Hate

There are those that nip at your heals. They’ll criticize your best intentions, and sometimes they convince others to doubt you. I have a few of these kinds of people in my life. Don’t you?

Our Eleanor

I’m not talking about friends who help sharpen you; I’m talking about people who truly hate you. Think of that total jerk who seems will never change. You have imaginary arguments with him in your head. You wrap yourself up with possible ways to defend your name or address his attacks. All your fretting won’t do a bit of good, and you know that all-too-well.

Yep, these people get under my skin, too. But one of my young authors shared an old quote with me, and it got me thinking:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Listen, if you are doing great things in life — or if you plan to do great things — you’re going to get your haters. These are illogical, insane people who will attack you for no coherent reason. Entertaining their attacks is almost an encouragement to them and it makes their hate grow.

Eleanor’s perspective keeps your head about you. I have my share of haters, and I suspect they’ll only get worse, but I’ve subscribed to Eleanor’s system. Here’s how it works for me.

The Gift of Partying

We had over 100 people at our home the other night. A friend gave me a fabulous compliment, “The Jeubs know how to throw a party!” We had plenty of food, a Frisbee game and a dance evening—all to celebrate Lydia’s graduation.

Lydias Graduation Party 1000

I like to say Wendy and I have the “gift of partying,” a spiritual gift taken straight from the Bible. Seriously! Here are a few:

Love in the House

Yesterday was a blast. Wendy and I had about 100 people stop by for an open house for Lydia’s high school graduation. These were some of our closest friends and family. I’m proud to say there is a lot of “love in the house.”

Love the Graduation

In 2007, Wendy and I wrote a book with this title, Love in the House. It was a response of sorts to the TLC episode on our family that aired that February. Kids by the Dozen showed internationally, an expose on our family of then-13 children.

After 15 years of corporate and self employment, I’m returning to a formal classroom setting at our local High Country Homeschool Enrichment co-op in Colorado Springs—for just one hour of teaching per week. This is what I used to do for a living in the 90s. I’m very much looking forward to this!

Date: August 27, 2013
Time: 1:00-1:55 p.m.
Event: IEW Student Writing - B (Grades 5-9)
Topic: Student Writing Intensive Level B
Sponsor: High Country Homeschool Enrichment
Venue: New Life Church
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Public: Public
More Info: Click here for more information.

This is a local on-site class, so if you live in the area and have questions about joining, feel free to contact me.

I Have the Guide…Now What?

Over 3,500 copies of my book, Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate, have been distributed to IEW constituents. Chances are good that you got a copy either from me (see my landing page here) or from my partner in promotion, the Institute for Excellence in Writing (who is giving it away for every $100 order this year). IEW hopes to distribute twice as many by year’s end.

Debating in Tulsa

If you have had time to read it, you probably discovered the wealth of information in the little book. It covers all you need to know to jump into the exciting world of speech and debate, even including a free curriculum that usually costs $20. Little time is wasted in this easy and to-the-point read, though I included a couple of good stories to motivate you. As Andrew Pudewa said in the foreword, “Speech and debate tournaments are the most exciting thing on the planet.” I hope you, like thousands of educators across the country, are convinced that speech and debate is a must for you and your home school next year.

Okay, so you’re convinced that you should do speech and debate. Now what?

I’ve got five action steps for you to consider, each of which will help make sure your first year of speech and debate are enjoyable and successful.

My First Kindle Download Is FREE

You would think that a publisher like me would be more savvy when it came to Kindle downloads. Surprise! This has been a weakness in my business. But no longer. I braved the learning curve and I am now an Amazon Kindle Publisher.

LITH cover art - 3D

I just uploaded Wendy and my first book together, Love in the House: Filling Your Home With the Greatest Commandment. I learned the ropes of Kindle publishing and I hope more titles will follow. Two things from my development you may enjoy:

  1. The book will be available for FREE through Monday night.
  2. Wendy and I would love it if you shared this offer with those whom you love.

Let me explain a bit more detail of these two developments. I honestly believe you will find this interesting and enriching.