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Remember Speech?

March 16, 2009

That’s right, as our debate season winds to a close it is time to focus our energy and talent on speech competition.

There are 13 speech events offered at the Idaho District & State Speech Tournaments…something for everyone!
You are really encouraged to complete in an event in each pattern. See Speech Event Descriptions by Pattern
Then learn more about your individual events by looking at the Oral Interpretation, Limited Preparation, or Platform Speaking pages!

Improve Your Memory Skills

June 23, 2008

Check out these memorization Tools & Strategies for Extemp (and Beyond!)


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Hitler? Hitler? I’m So Sick of Hitler! Using Examples in Debate

June 18, 2008

Debaters and Limited Preparation speakers seem to rely heavily on a few well known, but not always applicable, examples to make their case.  Check out this great article to get started in expanding your use of geographic, historical, economic, societal, and current event examples!

Hitler? Hitler? I’m So Sick of Hitler! Using Examples in LD

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Current Events!

June 12, 2008

Anyone up for heated internet conversation?

Let’s share links to and opinions on interesting and significant current events that are happening this summer!

Is Hillary the best choice for VP?

 Can something be done to curb food prices?

Should President Bush be impeached?

What’s up with subsidizing big oil companies?

Got an opinion? Post it to the Current Events Page to get the convo started!


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Summer Camps!

May 31, 2008

Hone your skills this summer and come back next season ready to rock!

Check out the Summer Camps Page!


Sample Quotations for Impromptu Practice

July 3, 2007

Learning to Speak


Speaker #1: 

  1. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”   – Andy Warhol
  2. “I’ve been struck by how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics.” – Barack Obama
  3. “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”    Henry David Thoreau

Speaker #2:

  1. “No question, 2006 was a lousy year for Iraq.” – Pres. George W. Bush
  2. “We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.” –  Lynn Hall
  3. “College isn’t the place to go for ideas.”  – Helen Keller

Speaker #3:

  1. “Thank you to every American who hasn’t sued me so far.” – Sacha Baron Cohen
  2. “The more things change, the more they remain… insane.” – Michael Fry and T. Lewis
  3. “Fathers send their sons to college either because they went to college or because they didn’t.”    L.L. Henderson

Speaker #4:

  1. “Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.”    Norman Douglas
  2. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. “Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”  – George Bernard Shaw

Speaker #5:

  1. “The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.”    Einstein
  2. “I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.”    Wilson Mizner
  3. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”    Alan Kay

Speaker #6:

  1. “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”    Joseph Chilton Pearce
  2. “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”    Oprah Winfrey
  3. “There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.” – Malcom Gladwell

Speaker #7:

  1. “The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.”    Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. “Woman is woman’s natural ally.”    Euripides
  3. “That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.”    Aldous Huxley

Speaker #8:

  1. “Always do sober what you say you’ll do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”    Ernest Hemingway
  2. “It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.”    Marquis de Vauvenargues
  3. “I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.”    Dorothy Parker

Speaker #9:

  1. “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means of going backwards.”    Aldous Huxley
  2. “Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.”    Rita Rudner
  3. In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.”  – Samuel Johnson

Speaker #10:

  1. “When I meet a man I ask myself, ‘Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?’    Rita Rudner
  2. “We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.”    Samuel Johnson
  3. “Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”  – Oscar Wilde

Speaker #11:

  1. “A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”    Oscar Wilde
  2. “Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.”    George Santayana
  3. “The truth will set you free.  But first, it will piss you off.”    Gloria Steinem

Speaker #12:

  1. “Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”    Oscar Wilde
  2. “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  – Benjamin Disareli
  3. “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”  – James Thurber

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June 11, 2007

Check out the pages to the right to learn more about me and the many aspects of speech and debate, including: Oral Interpretation, Limited Preparation Speaking, Platform Speaking, Parliamentary Debate, and more!