You Want to Be There This Summer

Debate camps are awesome. I’m telling ya, if you have a chance to go (or bring your kids), you won’t regret it. My program has been training young people for competition since 2001. However, there is a deeper purpose to the training that I don’t want you to miss.

2008 Virginia

They learn the technique at camp, but there is a greater purpose to it all.

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My Paperless Plan

That’s it. My home office is going paperless. I bought a Fujitsu ScanSnap and have already scanned in my business cards and debate flows, and I’m on my way to a clutter free desk.

Paper Mess

I’m a publisher. Paper has been very good to me. I own an extremely nice and expensive printer. You’d think I would be a stubborn goat and resist the coming paperless trend. But not this publisher. I’m all in.

A few people have come into my life who have persuaded me that paperless is the way to go:

The Last Day of Competition

I met my friend Dave this morning for a game of racquetball. I barely broke a sweat. He’s got perhaps ten years on me. Old guy against young guy. It was awesome.

Raquetball With Scott

Everything I said in the opening statement is the truth. But it’s disingenuous. The gym was closed.

The Positives Outweigh the Defeats

I’m at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions in Siloam Springs, Ark. 600-or-so students and their families are winding down an entire week of competition (ends tomorrow).

600+ students waiting for the first breaks to be announced.

Students and friends waiting for the first breaks to be announced.

If you follow my blog, you know that I’m really, really into this community of speakers and debaters. You also may know that I run a preparation camp the weekend before to help prepare students for their big week of competition. And if you’re a Twitter or Facebook friend of mine, you know that our successes have been outstanding.

But as with all competition—especially the final championship of the year—there are many more losers than there are winners. Most of the teams are out of the race. Yesterday two-thirds of the speakers were dropped from the first outrounds of speech. More eliminations will occur today, and the final rounds—only the cream of the crop—will compete tomorrow.

That’s a lot of failure.
That’s a lot of disappointment.
That’s a lot of work poured into a slight chance of making it to the top.

But you know what? It is all worth it. I’m telling you, there is no place I’d rather be than right here in the heat of the most exciting community of speakers and debaters here at NITOC. Even in the face of defeat and loss, positives buoy this ship to the top…

#2 vs #238. Possible?

I’m at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) right now,* and I just have to share with you a story. It’s about as exciting a story as a story can get.

Speech and Debate Decal

I must preface this story with a disclaimer: I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the #1 and #2 team in the nation. They are top notch and deserve to be at the top. They’re seeded at the top of NITOC (meaning they go against the bottom teams), which is a position rightly won and earned throughout the competitive year.

But top seed (#1 and #2) didn’t come to NITC.**
Bottom seed (#238) did.
Bring it on.

NITOC NITC 2013

I just finished two awesome days with 46 students from all over the country. Seven of my debate coaches and I gathered them together for the NITOC NITC camp. Let me explain why this camp is absolutely awesome and share a few great pictures, too.

NITOC NITC 2013

Three Decisions to Happiness

I have a lot going on in the next couple weeks. A cross-country road trip, one of my camps, the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, a Virginia convention, etc. It’s enough to give a grown man an anxiety attack!

Debate Coach

But there is a deep concept embedded in all the demands around me. I wish others would capture it in their lives. At the root of all the chaos, responsibility, deadlines, people, conflicts, frustrations, ups and downs, I must admit…

I Forgot the Best Part

Have you ever given a speech in front of a few hundred people, only to return to your seat to recall that you left out the very best part? This happened to me at the San Diego Epilogue Tournament a couple weeks ago.

Click to discover more about Point Loma Training Minds Camp with Michael Hyatt.

Click to discover more about Point Loma Training Minds Camp with Michael Hyatt.

I had the opportunity to pitch our Point Loma Speech & Debate Camp at the award ceremony. The place was packed with potential campers. They had just wrapped up three days of competition at the last tournament of the school year. Their year was either over or they had only the national tournament to attend (if they qualified). A most perfect group!

I told them about our awesome beachfront campus at Point Loma Nazarene University. I mentioned the outstanding coaching staff that we have ready and willing to teach. I talked about how we have been doing camps since 2001 and that many top competitors are alumni of our camps. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Five minutes, not even. Lots of claps and kudos from the audience, especially our alumni who know the value of the Training Minds Camp. I returned to my seat where my kids sat and the award ceremony began.

Then I remembered our keynote speaker. How could I forget?

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.