Finishing is the critical part of any project. If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing.

—Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield
Do the Work (Do You Zoom Inc), 87

More Exciting Than Sports

The 4th of five books will be given away on Monday. I’m allowing through this weekend for the last subscriber to get their name into the pot (click here to subscribe). But can I be honest? I’ve got big reasons—much bigger than a giveaway—for why I want you to follow me.

This kids are gonna change the world.

These kids are going to change the world.

See, I’ve been building a platform for the past 15 years in a small community of speakers and debaters. On its face it appears very academic, sort of geeky, a boring, educational activity. Even when I try to make it seem like a sport, folks think I’m just trying to pull one on them. Gee, exciting: dress up and give speeches. Yay.

Can I be honest? Compared to speech and debate, sports are boring.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

~ C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

The Four Loves (Mariner Books, 1971), 156

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.