My Risky Price Changes

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.

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.

The Speech and Debate Family

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.

Click to watch the Speech & Debate Family Life Webinar.

If you missed the webinar, no worries! You can view it in its entirety at www.trainingminds.org/family-life-webinar/. It was a lot of fun and we got the chance to interact with a lot of people.

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.

Chris & Wendy JeubWendy 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.

Date: June 6, 2013
Event: 30th Annual Virginia Home School Convention
Sponsor: Institute for Excellence in Wriring
Venue: Greater Richmond Convention Center
Location: Richmond, VA
Public: Public

We're not scheduled to speak, but it would be great if you could track us down to visit. See our family website: JeubFamily.com.

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?

Early Training = Later Success

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.

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 weekendI 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.

Three Secrets That Should Not be Secrets

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.

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.

How to Get Coaching Support

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.

Tabitha and Noah

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?