The SCHEDULE is Out!! Lasting Impact! Online Speech and Debate Summer Prep Intensive ~ June 28-29

We are putting this two-day Online Intensive for only $25 (membership price), for YOU- our parents, students, coaches, and clubs. And yes- it will be recorded!! The time to sign up is NOW! We have asked, and you have answered… How can we help you this summer to get you started on the right track with Speech and Debate?

  • To stay home – check!
  • To get a jump start on Resolutions – check!
  • Help with navigating students in Speech and Debate – check!
  • Club Help – check!
  • Summer Prep – check!
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Thankful for Members! Why Membership? Small Business Saturday SPECIAL DEAL!

Now is the time to tell your friends and become part of the Lasting Impact! Community! We are offering $5 off our Lasting Impact! yearly Membership. That’s right! ONLY $30 for a full year of Lasting Impact!

Annual Membership Subscription and Q/A


Simply use the Code – 5MEMBER

Why should you become a member to Lasting Impact?

1. Discounted Coaching Sessions. Coaching sessions are $10 off a session for members (only $30 a session). We have amazing coaches ready to make you a priority and help you in your speech and debate journey. Our coaching prices have been streamlined to fit all your needs, whether it be for private coaching, club coaching, speech or debate. Our membership prices are actually below other coaching firms, nor do we require you to pay for bulk sessions or per Debate/Duo partner.

2. Discounted Workshops. This fall we hosted over a dozen live workshops that were only $5 for members. If you weren’t able to make one of the sessions, we now have them archived in our Recorded Workshops. 

3. Discounted Classes/Clubs. We had over 75 students/members enrolled in our Fall Online Classes. People from all over the country learning, gleaning, sharing…

3. Access to ALL articles. Did you know we have almost 250 articles?! Sure, just a little more than half of our articles are just part of our regular blog, however there are so many articles specifically geared for the membership. In fact, anyone can be sure to “subscribe” (on the right hand side of the home page) to get our emails directly into your email inbox.

4. Access to Video Gallery. There are over 50 amazing speech videos, most you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to look in the comment section for coaching tips.

5. Access to Lasting Impact! Library. NEW this year! A place for clubs to share their resources. Remember, clubs and coaches are welcome to use our resources, whether it be articles or videos to share with their club.

6. Community. This is where our heart is! We created Lasting Impact! for students, parents, coaches, and clubs! We wanted a place for YOU to feel encouraged and inspired. It is a place for stories to be shared, as well as lessons to be learned. We feel so grateful, as well as blessed to be a part of so many lives! During this time of Thanksgiving, we thank you for making Lasting Impact! part of your Speech and Debate journey. Remember, $5 off a yearly membership is our gift to you and your friends! Feel free to help our community grow.


Lasting Impact! October and November Online Workshops and Classes

Can you believe it’s October, already?! It’s prime time to start digging deeper into Speech and Debate. If you haven’t had the opportunity to partake in one of our past Workshops, sign up NOW and don’t miss out on all the ideas, tips, and valuable information!

Signing up for an Online Workshop is easy!! All workshops are through an online forum called Zoom. It’s a quick and easy download that your instructor will send to you, as part of their introduction email (usually within 24 hours of your workshop). We do try to record all our workshops, but can’t guarantee how quickly they will be up and ready on our site. Click HERE to see available recorded videos.

Check out the list of the fantastic line up of Online Workshops and Classes coming directly to you, in the comfort of your own home…


Sat. Oct. 6, 11:00am – Big Picture Argumentation with Luke McConnell
$5 members/$20 non members

“Big Picture Argumentation” is an argumentative strategy that allows you to prep better for rounds, know all the vital details of your case, unlock the lost art of conversation, and overall appear more professional and persuasive to your audiences. This is for ALL types of debate!!

More students and coaches need to learn “Big Picture Argumentation.” It is a very simple argumentative strategy that will allow students to connect better with their judges. One of the aspects of the strategy includes pre round and pre tourney prep. If students want to win debate rounds, they have to earn it. Furthermore however, if they are not able to clearly communicate to the judge why the judge should vote for them, aka how they won the round, all their hard work means nothing. This strategy gives them the ability to break the barrier that prevents judges from really capturing the meaning of their arguments.

Sign up HERE.

Sun. Oct. 14 7:00pm CT – The Power of Persuasion with Isabelle Clausen
$5 members/$20 non members

Speaking persuasively is a skill that is extremely powerful in every area of life: speech and debate, college, the workforce, conflict resolution, and ministry. However, as powerful as this skill is, it takes much practice to perfect. That is why I created this workshop, so you can learn how to speak persuasively not only in Speech and Debate, but also in your daily life! Once you learn and practice these techniques to develop this skill, you can impact the world for Christ in a whole new way!

This online workshop will be covering the following topics:
– The purpose for the persuasive speaking event
– How to develop a persuasive argument by finding the “crux”
– How to look at a topic from both sides
– How to develop and strong and strategic thesis statement
– How to format your points in your speech
– How to use personal stories to create a connection with the judge
– How to add lasting impact to your speech (see what I did there 😉)
– How to apply these skills to your daily life

Sign up HERE.

Fri. Oct. 19, 6:00pm CT – Exploring Biblical Thematic with Heather Neumann and Kristi Eskelund
$5 members/$20 non members

Join Heather and Kristi as they explore the new NCFCA Interpretive Speech Category- Biblical Thematic. We will break down all the possibilities!!
– Encouragement and excitement for Biblical Thematic.
– How to incorporate Platform and Interpretive speech types well.
– Learn ideas of how to use your binder as a prop.
– Help with how to choose a theme.
– Tips on how to embrace BT.

Sign up HERE.

Fri. Oct. 19, 7:30pm CT – All About Illustrated Oratory/Expository with Heather, Kristi, and Guests
$5 members/$20 non members

Come learn all about one of our favorite speech categories! Almost every platform speech can be enhanced by visual aides! So why not turn your platform speech into something so much more!? Join us, and an amazing panel of IO/Expo experts! We will dispel the myths that only rich (the boards and supplies are too expensive), artistic (I’m not creative enough) type people can do this event.

Sign up HERE.

Sun. Oct. 21, 6:00pm CT – Extemp Basics with Catherine Alles
$5 members/$20 non members

After having competed in Extemporaneous for three years, Catherine Alles has gone through stages of failure and success- including winning tournaments and making it to Nationals. In this workshop, she will be going over some basic tips on organization, how to spend your prep time, how to incorporate humor, how to prepare for tournaments, and how to make your speech stand out. If you are thinking about competing in Extemp or looking for ways to improve, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss!

Sign up HERE.

Wed. Oct. 23, 8:00pm CT – Finishing Strong in Debate with Eric Meinerding
$5 members/$20 non members

Finishing Strong: How to Give Winning Rebuttals (LD and TP). This will be another strategy/theory workshop. Eric will be going over time efficiency, reading the room, identifying strong/weak arguments, and some rhetorical tips as well.

Sign up HERE.


Nov. 3, 10:00am CT- How to Judge LD Debate with Joel Erickson
$5 members/$20 non members

Back by popular demand… Have you ever stared blankly at your LD ballot in judge hospitality, stymied by the complete incoherence of the debaters? In this workshop, veteran LD coach Joel Erickson shares some practical pointers for judging LD. You’ll learn an intuitive way for evaluating LD rounds, what to do when debaters don’t refute each other, what to say (and not to say) in your judging philosophy to prompt the debaters to debate well, and how to write a ballot that debaters will want to read. Joel will talk for about 25 minutes, then devote the rest of the time to answering your questions. Hope to see you there!

Sign up HERE.

Nov. 5, 7:00-8:30pm CT – Writing Winning Speeches with Rebecca Frazer
$10 members/$25 non members

Join Rebecca Frazer for a dynamic speechwriting workshop aimed to help you take your platform speeches to the next level. From thesis formation, to writing hacks, to persuasion techniques grounded in social science, Rebecca’s workshop is sure to bring new insight to speakers of all levels.

Rebecca is the 2012 NCFCA National TP and Persuasive Champion. She has a B.A. in communication and is currently earning a PhD in Communications.

Sign up HERE.

Nov. 12- Dec. 17, 8:00pm CT – Extemp Excel Class (6 weeks)
$40 members/$60 non members

Extemporaneous is often considered a nuanced and nebulus event in competitive forensics. This idea stops here. During Extemp Bootcamp, you will learn the ins-and-outs of extemporaneous speaking — speech writing, research methods, and tips/tricks developed from years of experience. My goal for each student is simple: to be able to approach each extemp speech with confidence and courage. Extemp is not the scary monster overconfident competitors like to make it out to be. It is a fun and rewarding experience once you learn the ropes.

Join this Extemp Class to jump start your season! Whether or not you are new to Extemp, this class will cover everything you need to push you to be a better Extemporaneous Speaker!
– Card Writing
– Research
– Sources
– Resources
– Building Credibility
– Practice
– And More!

Sign up HERE.

We hope to see you soon! Thanks for making Lasting Impact! part of your Speech and Debate journey!

Lasting Impact! Online Speech Club and Classes Filling Up!

Wow! We are blown away by the response to the Lasting Impact! Online Speech Club, as well as Online Apologetics and Impromptu! Our Online Tuesday Speech Club is FULL! Therefore we created another day and time – Thursday mornings 8:00 am CT. We want to make sure students and families who want to participate in a club setting CAN. You better act quick and sign up now, we don’t anticipate opening another class.

Sign up for Online Speech Club HERE.

We still have a few spots left for both Online Apol and Impromptu Groups. Our Lasting Impact! Team can’t wait to get started. If you have been thinking about it… I encourage you to sign up now!

Sign up for Online Apologetics HERE.

Sign up for Online Impromptu HERE.

Here are some of the questions that maybe you have about joining…

How much work will Online Speech Club be?

My goal is to get your student ready… tournament ready, by the end of the semester. How’s much work the students put into it, is up to you! Are there assignments- yes! Will they be participating in the various types of speech offered in competition- yes! My hope is that this is where they will find their inspiration for what God will be putting on their heart for the next season.

Are your classes/club only for beginners?

Absolutely not! All of our classes are for any one.. parents, coaches, and families included. We often have a variety of students. We hope to challenge the advanced and encourage the beginner.

What if I can’t make a session?

We record our sessions, so you can still get access to it.

Do I need anything technically, in order to participate?

We use an online forum called, Zoom. It works on any device. You need decent Wifi… worst case scenario you can call in, or just use the audio.

My student is very shy, will they have to present?

We try to make this as gentle as possible. We have never had someone not participate. Our groups become like family. The students are encouraging to one another. We also have Lasting Impact! ambassadors, who are also leaders, full of experience to cheer your students on.

My family won’t be participating at tournaments or with a league, is that ok?

Yes! We have had many students who didn’t participate in Apologetics at a tournament, but were part of our group. Our goal is kingdom building, not necessarily winning tournaments. We like for students to find opportunities to grow… wherever that might be.

What if my student needs extra coaching?

Our first priority is our students. We are always happy to set up a coaching call/session at our membership price.

We can’t join your online groups because of other commitments, what is the best way to to find out about Lasting Impact! Workshops?

The best way to keep up with everything from Lasting Impact! is to be sure you have “subscribed” to our site. You can subscribe by going to the right hand side of the home page, and giving us your email. Then, all of our posts will be sent directly to your email. Technically, you don’t even have to be a member to subscribe to our blog!

Another way to keep up with us, is to “like” our Facebook page. You will see what articles we post, as well as be able to join in on giveaways and the random question, etc.

Do you record your Workshops?

If you can’t make a Workshop, we do try to record them, and will put them on our site for your ability to view, or share with your club. Recorded Workshops/Videos are available in the SHOP. Clubs have permission to use these video recordings too! Video recordings are $5.

What Video Recordings of your Workshops do you have?

We are so excited to start this journey with you and your family! Thank you for considering Lasting Impact!

Why Online Apologetics?

Now is the time to join Online Apol. Don’t take our word… here is what members have said…

“I recently completed the Online Apologetics class with Lasting Impact. The coaches were inspiring and welcoming. In this class, there is opportunity for in-depth conversation as well as personalized feedback on speeches. If you are considering this class you should go for it! You will learn more than you could ever expect. Creating cards can seem like an overwhelming task, but each class gives you enough material to write at least one card, and often much more. This was helpful in preparing for tournaments, and in general, all of life’s big questions.” ~ student, KS

“Online Apololegics opens the door to not only to great apologetics resources, but also to great apologetics discussions and feedback. Online Apol. will challenge you personally in your walk with Christ, equip you to effectively communicate in competition or out of competition , and give you the tools to powerfully persuade in your day to day conversations. For me, Online Apol. has encouraged me significantly in my study of Scriptures… and they are more valuable than “fine gold” (Psalm 19:10).!! Talking about God’s life answers with others who also passionately follow Him is so incredible! Discussing and learning together in online forum has helped me answer some of the biggest questions.” ~ Rachel Bechtel, alumni/instructor

“This was the best online class ever. It not only helped my daughter get started competing in apologetics, but more importantly it strengthened her relationship with the Lord & caused her to delve into Scripture & pursue her relationship with Christ in a new & powerful way.” ~ mom, FL

“Apologetics challenged me to know how to deal with the tough questions. I still don’t always have the right answer, but it taught me how to express what I do know in an honest, genuine manner. Being okay with not knowing every little detail of the Christian faith, and instead focusing on the big truths and trusting the Holy Spirit to move within the hearts of those who you come into contact with.” ~ Myles McLean, alumni/instructor

“I chose to compete in Apologetics because I love to learn about God. Participating in Apologetics made me ask the questions I never thought I could answer. I wanted to prepare to defend my faith – but now I know that doing Apologetics changed me as a person and that is the greatest defense I can give. Spending that much time learning about who God is makes you understand Him so much more. I still use quotes and concepts I learned in Apologetics. Even more, I now know how to go deeper into God’s Word. I would not be in this place today if I didn’t participate in the discipline of Apologetics.” ~ Elizabeth, alumni

“Apologetics is the only speech event that you can use in the following year. You can master material over several years. Every other speech event requires starting from scratch! I so believe in the spiritual effectiveness, I have written a curriculum to equip students. It’s used by families all over the country, entitled, Fearless Apologetics. You can find it at As you make your plans for the new school year, consider making time for Apologetics. It may be the most important course your teen takes.” ~ Chap Bettis, parent/pastor

photo by: JulieAnne Photography



Warning: Competing in Apologetics Can be Dangerous by: Joel Erickson

So many students decide not to compete in Apologetics. The number one reason I hear… fear. Fear in saying the wrong thing, fear of not knowing enough. Setting off on a quest can feal intimidating… especially alone. This is why we created Online Apologetics. This group is a friendly, encouraging place for students and families to build each other up, as well as equipping them for life. Below is an article by one of our 2018-2019 leaders, Joel Erickson. If you are wanting a community in your Apologetics journey… join us!

Remember- Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear, for I am with you…

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Questions Answered in Lasting Impact! Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

As most of you know, we are thrilled to offer another product to add to your resource collection- Lasting Impact! Vol. 2! Of course, if you are a member, you already have access to all of our articles online. But having a book at your fingertips can really be nice. We do not think of these books as a curriculum, however some of our members use our articles as a supplement or a resource for their clubs. You are welcome to copy off our articles whether it be online or through the book. We encourage you to share what you have learned here, through us. If you are new to Lasting Impact!, you might be wondering what we have all covered in the last two years…

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FREE Memberships for the 4th!!

In honor of The Fourth of July we are giving away FOUR FREE memberships! Now is the time to join! Or tell your friends to be part of the Lasting Impact! Community…

  • 200 articles all about speech and debate
  • discounts on coaching, workshops, and products
  • support for your family or club
  • the latest scoop on rules, analysis, and feedback
  • a video gallery with over 50 videos
  • online apol, impromptu, and speech clubs

It’s easy…

1. Like our Facebook page.

2. Share this post.

3. Comment in the comment section (on our Facebook page).

Memberships will be awarded on Friday- which will be a part of Lasting Impact! Free Friday giveaways for the month of July- so be sure to have liked our Facebook page, because that is where the fun will be!

IT’S HERE… well sort of – Lasting Impact! Vol. 2!!

Lasting Impact! Volume Two is all new! Every article we posted in our second year is chock full of advice, tips, encouragement, information, coach and student perspectives, and more- over 200 pages! We WANT you to have this at your fingertips when you are wondering what to cover in club, or how to help your own student go the extra mile. Read it cover to cover, or browse for what you need. This is a useable resource ready for YOU to put these ideas into action.

Through out the year, members asked if they could have all our articles available, in one easy place- like on their book shelf! We compiled all our articles and put them in easy to find categories, so you can have them at your finger tips! Categories include…

Speech and Debate



Limited Prep






There are over 75 articles for students, parents, coaches, and clubs to use and implement. There are awesome pictures to be inspired by! This book would not possible with out the love and support of so many people!

Kristi says, “We don’t propose to lay out a curriculum or a “how to” book. We propose to share the stepping stones Heather and I, along with the help of so many, found along the way. We hope these articles inform and inspire you as you learn and grow on your speech journey.”

This product is available for pre-sales only. Purchases made prior to 6/15/2018 will be delivered to purchaser at the NCFCA National Championship. For purchasers who are not attending the championship, the product will be shipped June 30, 2018.

Purchase here.