Twelve Days of Christmas… Before a Speech Tournament

The Speech And Debate Season is quickly upon us. We hope you are able to celebrate the blessings of the Christmas Season. Put your Speech and Debate work down for a day or two. It will be there after the holidays. In the meantime we hope you enjoy our little poem…

On the first day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
An Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the second day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Two Time Pieces
And an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the third day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
And an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the fourth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the fifth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the sixth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the seventh day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the eighth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Eight IO/Expos Boards
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the ninth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Nine Impromptu Prompts
Eight IO/Expos Boards
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the tenth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Ten Tears for DI (Dramatic Interp)
Nine Impromptu Prompts
Eight IO/Expos Boards
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Eleven Laughs for HI (Humorous Interp)
Ten Tears for DI (Dramatic Interp)
Nine Impromptu Prompts
Eight IO/Expos Boards
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
Five First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my Speech Coach gave to me…
Twelve Fresh Breath Mints
Eleven Laughs for HI
Ten Tears for DI
Nine Impromptu Prompts
Eight IO/Expos Boards
Seven Minutes of Prep Time
Six “How-To” Videos
First Place Ballots
Four Extra Pens
Three Days of Coffee
Two Time Pieces
and an Idea for a Really Great Speech

Lifting you up as you continue to prepare for your season!

Student, Teacher, Competitor… By: Eric Meinerding

How to develop the triple threat of being a club leader, as a student…

So, you’re a student leader in your club? You now have to balance your own busy tournament preparation schedule with the obligations you have to your club. If you’re attempting to rework your IO/Expos boards the week before a tournament where several novices are panicking before their first tournament, it could seem like you have a little bit too much on your plate. But luckily, these dual responsibilities aren’t as insurmountable as they may first appear. Being a student leader while a competitor can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have while participating in speech and debate. It gives you a unique perspective on forensics and, as a teacher, you will come up with new ideas that you normally wouldn’t have considered as only a competitor. I’ll be discussing some different methods to ensure you can succeed as a club leader or captain while also growing as an orator and logician…

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Be a Pioneer! Try Biblical Thematic (or Any New Speech Event)

New Speech Events come along now and then. Some students want to sit back and watch and figure it out. Although that is a fine technique to use, I say, “Be a Pioneer! Get messy! Take chances!” Yes, I have watched a lot of Magic School Bus throughout the years, and I have learned valuable lessons from Ms. Frizzle and gang…

DO be a Ms. Frizzle – Take chances, get messy! Why not? Explore the category for yourself (or with your family), especially if it’s never been done. Talk about it. The more you talk, the more ideas will come! Go to a workshop on it, TONIGHT we have a Biblical Thematic Workshop where we will cover the ideas and things you can do in this event. If you can’t make it – look for the recording.

DON’T be an Arnold – Wishing you would have stayed home, is not going to enhance your speech and debate skills. You have the opportunity to learn new things, as well as be a better communicator. How cool is that!?

DO be a Dorothy Ann – Dorothy Ann always has her book with her. She knows the rules inside and out! Make sure you are coming at the new event by fulling understanding the rules first.

DON’T be a Phoebe – There is no reason to compare things to your “old school,” or events that happened in the past. This is a new year! Jump in and do this! Wishing things were different, isn’t going to make it so. Be in the NOW and try to find things you like about the event and run with that. Being negative and unwilling to explore the possibilities will leave you in the dust. Remember, there is growth in everything, even if you feel uncomfortable at first.

DO be a Ralph – Ralph always puts a smile on my face. He is making the most out of the situation and having fun with it! Remember to find the joy in new events – this can help you go a long way!

All of these examples can be applied to new speech events… whether they are completely brand new to the league you are in, or you are trying an event for the first time. Join Lasting Impact! through our articles, video workshops or live workshops. We want to help you explore YOUR potential through speech and debate. And remember, You Got This!

Public Speaking Scholarship Opportunities By: Rebecca Frazer

“Remember, there is $10,000 riding on this speech. Don’t—mess—up.”
I stared at the contest administrator wide-eyed. Was that advice supposed to be helpful? Giving a speech with $10,000 riding on it already felt like the most nerve-wracking competitive experience of my life… But it was also amazing!!

Did you know you can give speeches for scholarship money? In the busyness that often defines high school, many skilled communicators neglect incredible opportunities to hone their public speaking skills while earning money for college. Yet a number of public speaking scholarships are out there just waiting to be contested. In this article, I’ll tell you about 5 amazing speech scholarship opportunities and share some valuable tips on how to succeed at them…

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Guest Post: The Importance of Words

As I sit here, the week after a major national competition, I am reminded of a speech I heard ONCE! A speech that made an impact on me about “words”. I wonder how many words were spoken through speech and debate last week at the NCFCA National Championship? I wonder how many students cried after they didn’t advance and they now think that their words have no more purpose? Or how many students were disappointed after making it to finals, yet not presenting their speech in The Showcase Of Excellence? This journey does not have to be over!! I am here to tell you… this is just the beginning! Your words and speeches can continue! You can continue to have a lasting impact… all you have to do is find another opportunity to share your heart, your message, your words…

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One Year Later… My Remembrances in Speech and Debate By: Kaitlyn Butts

One year ago, I was working hours each day to prepare for the 2017 NCFCA National Championship. Each day I gave impromptus, studied my apologetics cards, read the news, brushed up on my platform speeches, honed my LD cases, perfected my arguments, and researched outside cases in the Moot Court packet. It’s been seven years since I attended my first tournament and nearly one year since I became the NCFCA sweepstakes champion. My freshman year of college has stretched, challenged, and grown me in ways the girl who walked across that stage couldn’t have imagined. My tangible awards are on the shelves and stuffed in the drawers of my room… they collected a lot of dust while I was away. I understand that it could be easy to assume that I remember my time in NCFCA through the lens of my successes, but I’ve had a year to reflect. I want to share what I still hold near to my heart as I look back. These lasting memories shape who I am and how I coach current and future competitors. These are my remembrances…

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What is a Speech and Debate Champion? By: Abby Wright

Abby Wright knows what it is like to be a champion. She is a two time NCFCA champion, not just for one event, but two. She is the NCFCA 2015 After Dinner Speaking Champion and the 2017 Persuasive Champion. Here is her perspective on what it means to her to be a “National Champion.”

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Being a Communicator for Christ by: Abbey Lovett

What does it mean to be a good communicator for Christ? So many organizations, speech and debate leagues, coaching companies, etc all share a mission statement along the lines of “training up communicators for Christ”. But what does that actually mean? Join Abbey Lovett as she explores what this means… Abbey is a National Champion speaker, has created her own communication consulting firm- Lyceum Communications, and on top of all that- she coaches for Lasting Impact!… Remember there is still time to sign up for Abbey’s Storytelling Workshop (part of the Lasting Impact! Workshops Series)… For more info. CLICK HERE.

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Speech and Debate- Coaching versus Mentoring

BlakeSenseman

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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