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gooddebater:

I literally love the 4n6 community on tumblr like I wish we could all just chill and watch movies and go suit shopping together.

speaking of novices; what's your view on training them?

Anonymous

forensicating:

gavelenvy:

Do your best to treat them like humans. Teach, don’t train. You train a dog. You teach a person.

I love dogs, but they’re not very good debaters.

Buy them coffee. Learn about who they are and where they come from and what they care about. If they have a sibling they take care of, how they get to school, what they value. Talk to their parents, or learn why their parents aren’t available for you to talk to.

From there, respond as is appropriate to the personality and needs of another human being. Make information accessible and make yourself accessible. Take responsibility for their mistakes.

Teaching someone unfamiliar with forensics how to succeed in forensics is difficult and will take a long time. You have to be prepared to make a personal commitment.

Even if you are not directly mentoring a novice, the right thing to do is to support them if you have the opportunity the same way you would support a friend.

And if supporting the novices on your team and on your circuit is not something you want to do, at very least, don’t actively undermine them.

In first year debate class, the captain of the team told me I would never succeed in a debate event, my organization was weak, my delivery was weak, and I needed to find a different category of events if I wanted to be on the team because Congress was clearly not for me.

Try not to be that guy. You want novices to succeed because of your actions, not in spite of them. You know the line “be the person you needed when you were young?” Do that. Be there for them.

YESSSS

So i just joined the ASU Speech team after thinking i wasn't going to be able to and it was like the best decision of ever. Just needed to let a fellow speechy know of my happiness! <3

Anonymous

Have fun! Say hi to Paxton, Frankie, and Jimmy.

debatedancefloor:

I feel like speech events are so cool because what you like and what you feel can be show in words, and people will listen. For me, to be an eloquent speaker and be listened to for even a few minutes means the world. I mean, I get the same buzz sometimes with theatre but when you give a speech you wrote it or picked the piece. It comes from you. It’s so important.

Not really....just close your eyes and pretend is ass is a vagina....

Anonymous

What the fuck

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you or a teammate/friend at a tournament?

Anonymous

thenovicenostalgia:

ohmigosh okokok so one time one of our debate coaches judged a PF round in which this teams whole case was about how the resolve was irrelevant because in actuality everyone was being controlled by reptilian dictators and by voting for their side the judges would officially acknowledge the reptillian overlords and save the world.

apparently they were ex-LDers and they were really eloquent and had a bunch of cards and warrants and like if they had found a way to actually relate it to the resolve they would probably have actually have won because the other team totally went with it to like,
"So you’re claiming if i got elected mayor right now, i would somehow become a reptilian dictator?"
"no no because the reptilian overlords determine how we vote so you’d never get elected mayor anyway"

and basically it was the best thing ever.

You and old-commie-bacon should just go fuck already

Anonymous

Im straight though. That’s a problem you know

old-commie-bacon:

kant-stop:

old-commie-bacon:

interpretinginterpretations:

old-commie-bacon:

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old-commie-bacon:

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old-commie-bacon:

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old-commie-bacon bionic-oven

But…but your blog existed far before mine did. I still remember the day you followed me. That may or may not have been one of the best days ever…

I’ve only had my blog since last November, did you make yours after that? I always just assumed all of you people have been on tumblr since forever

January of this year is when I created this thing. By the time I got here I assumed you already had a pretty big following…

Eh. My following is rather moderate.

Not sure why. Your blog is pretty fantastic.

*Internally cries tears of relief*

*externally cries tears of joy*

You two should get married

That’s still illegal in my state.

Wait what, why am i getting married to guys I&#8217;ve never met? I don&#8217;t understand.

old-commie-bacon:

kant-stop:

old-commie-bacon:

interpretinginterpretations:

old-commie-bacon:

interpretinginterpretations:

old-commie-bacon:

interpretinginterpretations:

old-commie-bacon:

interpretinginterpretations:

old-commie-bacon bionic-oven

But…but your blog existed far before mine did. I still remember the day you followed me. That may or may not have been one of the best days ever…

I’ve only had my blog since last November, did you make yours after that? I always just assumed all of you people have been on tumblr since forever

January of this year is when I created this thing. By the time I got here I assumed you already had a pretty big following…

Eh. My following is rather moderate.

Not sure why. Your blog is pretty fantastic.

*Internally cries tears of relief*

*externally cries tears of joy*

You two should get married

That’s still illegal in my state.

Wait what, why am i getting married to guys I’ve never met? I don’t understand.

I'm in my 4th year of speech and debate and I'm doing Public Forum for the very first time, I've never done a partner debate as a serious thing until now and I'm very nervous about it. I'm not really a debate person, but my friend needed a partner since this is her first time not doing Lincoln Douglas. Do you have any advice?

Anonymous

Uhh. Pull your weight, try your best to talk to them frequently about what they need done and what they expect.

My partner knows I focus on speech, and so he actually does most of the evidence digging. I’m better with my words so I’m second speaker, he writes cases and I make them better. We work together well, but its clearly not a fair relationship; its just a well communicated one.

Which events are you doing this season?

I would like to do poetry, humor, duo, oratory, pfd, and Congress