Pruning

You know the idea behind pruning, don’t you? To grow a tree or bush, cut back a portion of its larger branches, even fruitful ones. I’ve been doing a lot of pruning lately, and I already see the healthy benefits.

Sometimes we need to cut back in order to get the fruit we want.

Sometimes we need to cut back in order to get the fruit we want.

Responding to Heartache

Heartache isn’t something I enjoy parading to the world, and to tell you the truth, I’m somewhat ashamed of it. It shows I’m vulnerable, I’m in pain, and perhaps I’m being overly dramatic. But we all deal with heartache, and of three responses to heartache that I notice most of us take, only one ever makes any difference at all.

heartache

Your Two Essential Competitive Routines

Here we are in September, moving forward into a new year of speech and debate. If you want to maximize your year’s competitive success, you will make sure you have in place two routines, and they’re fairly new this year. Let me explain.

Lincoln-Douglas 2012 Titlist Matthew Erickson (right) coaches a student at Training Minds LD Camp in Colorado.

Lincoln-Douglas 2012 Titlist Matthew Erickson (right) coaches a student at Training Minds LD Camp in Colorado.

Routine #1 (I’ll explain more below) is your sourcebook, and I’m nearly completed with all of them in two major releases. Here’s my yearly publishing routine: (1) Round up the best editors, (2) launch the print edition sourcebooks, (3) release the October Addenda. These are my sourcebooks (Blue, Red, Gold, Silver and Bronze) for all debate and speech events.

Routine #2 (and I’m most excited about this one) is your podcast, a specially tailored weekly broadcast I personally design and edit just for you. We’re already four weeks into the sessions and my listenership has skyrocketed. When you hear more about it, you’ll see that subscribing and listening every week is a fantastic routine to keep in order to be successful.

Okay, let me explain more on how these two routines are going to make a champion speaker and debater out of you…

Training Minds Podcast: Episode 1

I am more excited about today than I have been in a long, long time. I managed to put together the first Training Minds Podcast, and I suspect you’re going to love it.

NITC Coaches

These are some of my coaches. Travis (far left) is the first Training Minds Podcast coach to deliver the first two episodes of content.