Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on February 01, 2023
Do you know what the word “mortified” means? Let me tell you. It was my first time traveling by myself. I was at the airport going through security – and you know how scary that can be, right? ...
Coach Stella
By Coach Stella
on January 30, 2023
No matter how old or young you are, everyone has a story to tell. What’s great about public speaking is that it gives you a platform to share your story with the world. Whether you’re competing in ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 27, 2023
You may be one of the lucky ones. You might know exactly what motivates you and drives you forward. However, for most of us, the answer to ‘What motivates you?’ is unclear and changes as we get ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 25, 2023
What a start to the year at LearningLeaders HQ! After a busy first year of our online programs we kicked off 2023 with a Seasonal Learning Event - Debate Without Borders. The theme of this event was ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 25, 2023
Welcome back! In the first part of this article, you learned about sovereignty and self-determination and how it comes into play in debates about IR. As you can see, IR debates often center around ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on January 25, 2023
The Cambridge Union Society is one of the oldest and best-known university debating societies in the world. But how old is it, when does it meet and what does it do? Read on to learn a bit more about ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on January 24, 2023
How to Win a BP Debate? Well, if we had a 100% guaranteed answer to that, we’d be rich! Luckily we do have some great strategies to win a BP debate, so even though there will always be debates where ...
By Tom Cronin
on January 18, 2023
When I say 'online classes' some of you will be reminded of the Covid-19 lockdown era. Others will recognise it as a part of their everyday life. However you see it, "Remote Learning" is here to ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 18, 2023
In the midst of World War I, France, Britain, and Germany were fighting fierce battles against each other on the Western front, but then Christmas came and they decided to take a break. Not only did ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on January 12, 2023
The BP Debate Format, also known as British Parliamentary Debate Format, is known for its wide range of topics. BP Debate Topics can range from simple social or economic issues, to complicated ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on January 12, 2023
BP Debate Format, also known as British Parliamentary Debate Format, is one of the more complicated formats of Parliamentary Debate. For this reason, it is often tackled by debaters after they have ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 11, 2023
Hi there! In the first part of this article, you’ve covered how to use your delivery skills to dominate your judge’s notes. Now it’s time to focus on the content of your speech. The key thing here is ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on January 11, 2023
In recent years, public speaking and debate have become widespread around the globe. Many debate and speech competitions are open to elementary school students. Public speaking and debate can help ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on January 09, 2023
With the development of artificial intelligence and robotics, there has been a lot of anxiety about machines replacing humans. Though many people argue that "machines will never replace humans ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on January 04, 2023
The famous French football player, Lacazette, once said, "I don't care how people judge me." Well, he’s never done competitive debate. If he had, he’d not only care about how his case is judged, but ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on December 28, 2022
In the previous part of this article, you have learned six strategies for crafting strong POIs. In this part, you’ll learn about “diagonal engagement” – that is, OG engaging with CO and OO engaging ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on December 21, 2022
Have you ever watched a crime-drama TV show? If you have, you’ve probably seen an interrogation scene. The detective sits opposite the suspect, in a small, dingy room, with just a bare lightbulb ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on December 14, 2022
In the first article, you’ve learned what pre-emption is, the three steps you can take to identify what you need to pre-empt, and how to pre-empt your opponents’ impacts by claiming the opposite ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on December 07, 2022
There’s an old saying that offense is the best form of defense. Attack first to prevent your opponents from attacking you. In debate, this saying is absolutely true, and if your pre-emptive attack is ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on November 30, 2022
In the first part of this article, you’ve already learned which arguments you should prioritize in your rebuttal and one advanced strategy you can use when rebutting arguments. The next rebuttal ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 28, 2022
Popular Public Speaking and Debate Formats We hope you enjoyed Part I & II of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: Introduction to Public Speaking and ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 28, 2022
Where Students Apply Public Speaking and Debate Skills We hope you enjoyed Part I of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: Introduction to Public Speaking ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 28, 2022
Skills Students Are Learning from Public Speaking and Debate From U.S. presidential debate to TED talk to group discussion, we emphasize the importance of public speaking and debate. But what exactly ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on November 23, 2022
They say that it takes two to tango. We say that it takes two to debate. Why? Because without your opponents, it’s impossible to build and respond to the most engaging tool in debate: rebuttal. ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 16, 2022
Build A Habit Practicing at Home We hope you enjoyed Part I, II, & III of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: Tips on Improving Public Speaking & ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 16, 2022
Give Feedback as A Parent We hope you enjoyed Part I & II of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: Tips on Improving Public Speaking & Competitive ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 16, 2022
Topics for Practicing at Home We hope you enjoyed Part I of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: Tips on Improving Public Speaking & Competitive Debate ...
Coach Cookie
By Coach Cookie
on November 16, 2022
Build A Habit Practicing at Home Public speaking and debate require students to practice consistently. Practicing only during class time can help students improve but cannot push students to extend ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on November 16, 2022
Previously, you already learned how to make clear claims in your arguments and your rebuttals. It's now time to break down the other part of your argument – the analysis. Once you’ve composed your ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on November 11, 2022
How to Help Students Prepare? We hope you enjoyed Part I & II of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: What is Public Speaking and Competitive Debate? ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on November 11, 2022
What Does a Competition Look Like? We hope you enjoyed Part I of this blog series! If you haven't got a chance to read it yet you can do so here: What is Public Speaking and Competitive Debate? (Part ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on November 11, 2022
Why Is It Important for Public Speakers and Debaters to Compete? Unlike traditional school subjects, public speaking and debate do not have a standard test to see if a student has hit high marks. But ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on November 09, 2022
Did you know that ants leave maps for other ants, so they can find their way to food sources and bring it back to the hive? There are many different paths leading back to the hive, but they’ll all ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on November 02, 2022
In part one of this article, you learned that to use your prep time in BP effectively, you need to read the motion carefully, identify your burdens and the comparative, and select your key arguments ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on October 26, 2022
If you’ve watched any skateboarding videos, you’ve probably noticed that a typical trick doesn’t last more than a few seconds. To the untrained eye, the trick might seem like something easy that just ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on October 19, 2022
You already learned about importance as a criterion for judging Original Oratories. In the second part of this article, let’s focus on how speeches are judged for relatability and originality. So, ...
By Tom Cronin
on October 13, 2022
Why should students focus on feedback? I today’s day and age of online learning, which spans across continents and cultures, one’s ability to effectively communicate with confidence comes to the ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on October 12, 2022
Ever wondered how judges evaluate Original Oratories? When we think about sports like tennis or basketball, it’s pretty easy to judge each game. Strict rules, clear lines, and even modern ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on October 05, 2022
You already learned about causality, sign, and generalization warrants. In this article, you’ll learn about three other types of warrants: analogy, authority, and principle. Let’s begin with the ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on September 21, 2022
There is a theory that adding humor to a serious topic is sort of like pouring water into a big jug with only one teabag. If you pour too little water, then the tea might be a little bit too intense ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on September 14, 2022
In the first part of this article, you have learned how to use purposeful animations and humorous images to grab your audience’s attention. In this part, you’ll now learn ways to create a clear and ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on September 07, 2022
Walt Disney once said that animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment, which can bring pleasure, joy, and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. Why not ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on August 31, 2022
In the previous article, you have already learned how to identify common social issues. Our next step is to learn a few basic strategies to make these common issues a bit less obvious and predictable ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on August 24, 2022
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a woman who wanted to change the world. She saw working-class citizens struggling to make ends meet all around her and wanted to do something about ...
Coach Andy
By Coach Andy
on August 19, 2022
Here are some competitions in the next couple of months which are suitable for students around Asia. You can find more information using the links.
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on August 17, 2022
New to the Art of Persuasion? Check out Part One here! There’s an old Spanish proverb that says, “among the safe courses, the safest of all is to doubt.” In the language of Original Oratory, this ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on August 10, 2022
Do you know why many Disney villains aren’t persuasive? It’s not just because good always trumps evil. Some villains only try to appeal to the emotions of their victims, like Jafar from ‘Aladdin,’ ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on August 03, 2022
There was once a choose-your-own-adventure story about a boy who had lost his memory and found himself stuck on Mars. When he woke up, he was given the option to: · A: Explore the crash site of his ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on July 27, 2022
If I offered you a double fudge brownie and a slice of double fudge cake, which would you take? It depends right? Some people enjoy the dense chewiness of brownies while others prefer the fluffy ...
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on July 27, 2022
Nail That Speech Introduction with Fun and Laughter! (Part 2)
Coach Mike
By Coach Mike
on July 27, 2022
Forrest Gump once said, “life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, he’s wrong! If he read the label, he’d know exactly what was inside. And if the label doesn’t ...