Speech and Debate- Coaching versus Mentoring


I get asked all the time, how did I start coaching, what is the process I use to coach, etc. Although I consider myself a "Speech Coach", I actually think I am more of a "Mentor". Lately I have been analyzing the difference between coaching and mentoring, and what approach I have, so that I can help you become a better coach (or mentor). Maybe what I do is more of a hybrid method...

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Sample Speech Club Syllabus with Lasting Impact! Vol. 1

Starting and leading a Speech and Debate Club can take a lot of time and energy. Club leaders are amazing! However, many club leaders feel inadequate and unequipped. I have been asked numerous times to show what a sample syllabus of what a random speech club would/could look like. Challenge accepted! So naturally I thought I would use Lasting Impact! Vol. 1 as my guide. Please note- Lasting Impact! Vol. 1 was not written as a curriculum, but because we follow your speech journey, you can see the path I chose to use. Whether you are a new club leader or a leader looking for a fresh new approach on how to combat club this year, here is a possible syllabus using Lasting Impact! Vol. 1 as your main resource….

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Introducing New Coaches!

Did you know that Lasting Impact! offers private coaching? We have a team of fabulous coaches who want to help your student bring their Speech to the next level. Check out more information on coaching sessions and  all our coaches here. We are pleased to introduce our newest Lasting Impact! Coaches, both with Debate experience…

Andrew Cullen


Up until the 8th grade, Andrew was terrified of public speaking. However, thanks to his mother forcing him to compete in debate, this formerly reluctant and introverted young man now eagerly jumps at the chance to speak in front of people. In fact, because of the years he spent debating and improving his communication skills, Andrew now hopes to one day be a pastor and impact many for Christ.

Throughout his five-year debate career, Andrew received numerous awards both at the regional and national level. Although he has definitely been blessed with success in the NCFCA, Andrew knows that the most important things that he has taken away from debate are professional communication and writing skills, a more mature and Christ-centered personal character, and encouraging friendships. Andrew now loves helping younger students learn about and excel in the activity that has changed his life. This goal and passion is what motivated Andrew to co-found Resolved Debate 5 years ago and motivates him now to continue to invest in the NCFCA.

Andrew graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a major in Biblical Studies. This summer he will be completing a youth ministry internship at a church in South Carolina.

Joel Erickson


Joel participated in NCFCA for three years, and advanced to elimination rounds at the NCFCA National Championship in multiple speeches and debate. Right now, he is pursuing a Philosophy degree at Wheaton College and hopes to attend law school. Joel loves coaching Limited Prep Speeches, Platforms, and Lincoln-Douglas debate, and seeks to help you cultivate clarity, organization, and rhetoric for effective communication.


A Little Parent Perspective

I work with a lot of kids.  I have worked with a lot of kids for a lot of years.  And every year, everywhere, I meet kids – lots of them, including my own – who don’t want their parents to help with their speeches.  Or watch their speeches at a tournament.  Or look through the window of a closed door during a speech.  Or read the script of their speeches.  So, if YOU are one of the kids who feels this way, let me show you some perspective you may not have considered….

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