NITC Registration OPEN!

Did you qualify to the National Invitational Tournament of Champions? In coordination with Monument Publishing, we are flying in Stoa’s top coaches to get your ready for national competition. It’s called “NITC,” and you won’t want to miss it. “NITC” stands for the NITOC Invitational Tournament of Champions. We invite all Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate […]

003 – Strategic Negative Debating with Vance Trefethen

NOTE: Training Minds Podcast has changed to “Monument Publishing Podcast,” officially starting February 1, 2016. For now, here is a placeholder for the first episode airing January 18, 2016. Vance Trefethen likes to compare affirmative and negative debating to the 18th century cargo ships of the Mediterranean Sea. On the affirmative side, you had cargo […]

002 – Taking People Off Streets with Patrick McConlogue (Tribute to David Bowie)

NOTE: Training Minds Podcast has changed to “Monument Publishing Podcast,” officially starting February 1, 2016. For now, here is a placeholder for the first episode airing January 11, 2016. Patrick McConlogue helped a homeless man learn coding to ultimately launch an online application. Patrick was ridiculed by some in the media, but his accomplishment made […]

001 – Hierarchy of Speech and Debate with Travis Herche

NOTE: Training Minds Podcast has changed to “Monument Publishing Podcast,” officially starting February 1, 2016. For now, here is a placeholder for the first episode airing January 4, 2016. To kick off the first Monument Publishing podcast, we hear from Travis Herche on what he called the “hierarchy” of speech and debate. Much like Maslow’s […]

S2E10 – Five Significant Changes in 2016

Getting ready for the new year of competition? Monument Publishing has five significant changes coming up next week, and the changes will help you in your competitive success. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Blue Book is jammed packed with a dozen cases and evidence briefs to […]

S2E9 – Evidence in Lincoln-Douglas Debate [Podcast]

Evidence is sometimes considered unnecessary in Lincoln-Douglas debate, but nothing could be further from the truth. Debaters who brush evidence aside so swiftly end up losing rounds. Coach Travis Herche explains assertion types and how evidence plugs into place for value debaters. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured […]

S2E8 – Negative Briefing for Policy Debate [Podcast]

Matthew Baker explains how to develop a negative brief to specifically address cases you plan to hit in your next tournament. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Midseason Blue has 20 briefs PER LEAGUE ready for you to download and utilize for your debate round. See http://monumentpublishing.com/midseasonblue. iTunes The […]

S2E7 – Organizing Your Speech [Podcast]

Cody Herche, title winner from NCFCA speech and debate events, gives championship ideas for organizing and revising speeches. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Like us on FACEBOOK! As mentioned in the podcast, we will be publishing great content on Facebook. Like us here! Featured Resource Click here to […]

S2E6 – Revising Your Speech [Podcast]

Chris Jeub, coach of five of his children in platform and interpretive speaking championships, gives his thoughts on how to revise your speech. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Sale www.monumentpublishing.com/clearance iTunes The Training Minds Podcast is now on iTunes! Be sure to give positive feedback on our iTunes page, it […]

S2E5 – Alternative Policy Case Structures [Podcast]

Continuing from the previous episode, author and editor of Blue Book policy cases Vance Trefethen unfolds his strategies to writing solid, topical, winning cases. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Blue Book is jammed packed with a dozen cases and evidence briefs to go along with them. The […]

S2E4 – Harms-Solvency Case Structure [Podcast]

Vance Trefethen, author of most of the Blue Book team-policy cases, lays out his secrets to developing strong cases that help you win competitions. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Blue Book is jammed packed with a dozen cases and evidence briefs to go along with them. […]

S2E3 – Extemp Basics and Champion Analysis Part 2 [Podcast]

Today’s Training Minds Podcast continues where we left off last week, especially when talking about analysis. Extemp title winner Shane Baumgardner explains. (Click here for Part 1 of this series.) Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Do you need to be “briefed” on current events, both international and domestic? […]

S2E2 – Extemp Basics and Champion Analysis [Podcast]

Today’s Training Minds Podcast will be explaining the basics of extemp and, more importantly, what makes the champion extemper: analysis. Extemp title winner Shane Baumgardner explains. Listen Download this podcast directly here. Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Do you need to be “briefed” on current events, both international and domestic? If you do, you […]

S2E1 – Stripes of the Champion Apologist [Podcast]

Welcome to the Training Minds Podcast, training minds for action in academic speech and debate. Today’s podcast features Luis Garcia on his “red zebra” theory of champion speaking. Listen Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes Featured Resource Silver Book is the student sourcebook for the apologetics competitor. It consists of nearly 200 lessons—one for each apologetics question in […]

Episode 50: Top Season 1 Podcasts for Season 2 Preparation

In this episode, Chris Jeub wraps up Season 1 of the Training Minds Podcast by summarizing the previous year and explaining upcoming changes for Season 2. Listen Download the MP3 Notes Each League Episode 37: Interviews with NITOC Competitors with Chris Jeub Episode 41: NCFCA Montage and Announcements Episode 42: Stoa Leadership Interviews and Insights […]

Episode 49: Lincoln-Douglas Debate with Greg Rehmke

Chris Jeub interviews Greg Rehmke of Economic Thinking where Greg gives various case ideas and hot topics surrounding both NCFCA and Stoa Lincoln-Douglas debate resolutions. LD Debate Case Ideas with Greg Rehmke Download the MP3 Announcements: Announcement 1: Season 1 is coming to a close. This season will be archived and removed from viewing after August […]

Episode 48: Team-Policy Resolutions with Greg Rehmke

Chris Jeub interviews Greg Rehmke of Economic Thinking where Greg gives various case ideas and hot topics surrounding both NCFCA and Stoa team-policy debate resolutions. Debate Case Ideas with Greg Rehmke Download the MP3 NOTES: Greg explains his take on the two resolutions offered by both Stoa and NCFCA team-policy debate leagues. The resolutions with links […]

Episode 47: Homeschoolers in the NSDA with Executive Director Scott Wunn

Chris Jeub interviews the executive director of the largest speech and debate league in the nation, the National Speech & Debate Association (formerly National Forensic League), specifically on how homeschoolers can become involved. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the NSDA Download the MP3 NOTES: History of NSDA: History of NSDA goes back to 1925 as the […]

Episode 46: Speech Sourcebooks with Ellen Densmore

Chris Jeub interviews the master editor to the Gold and Bronze Books, getting the background information on what is being released for 2015-2106 extemp, interp and platform speakers. Ellen Densmore on Gold and Bronze Developments for 2015 Download the MP3 Three big announcements: All sourcebooks are being shipped this weekend, as promised! They are being […]

Episode 45: Big 2015 Apologetics Upgrades with Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia explains details of the new edition of Silver Book, including 40% new lessons, a dozen new authors, and a higher standard on this apologetics training resource. Includes Stoa’s most recent changes, where 90% of the apologetics questions were rewritten, added or dropped! Luis Garcia on Silver Book Advancements for 2015 Download the MP3 In this […]