Episode 44: Lincoln-Douglas Resolutions for NCFCA and Stoa

Join Chris Jeub as he interviews the head writer for the 2015 releases of the Red Books, both NCFCA and Stoa Editions. Will Martin goes through the highlights of this yearly collaborative work. Interview with Will Martin, Head Writer for Red Book Download the MP3 NOTES: Red Book is Monument Publishing’s sourcebook for Lincoln-Douglas debaters competing in NCFCA […]

Episode 43: Team-Policy Cases for 2015 with Vance Trefethen

The purpose of our sourcebook material is to prepare you for your first tournament. Vance Trefethen explains the two team-policy debate resolutions and gives a rundown on the three “spotlight cases” he prepared for you and the Blue Book.  Team-Policy Cases for 2015 with Vance Trefethen Download the MP3 NOTES: Be sure to pick up the […]

Episode 42: Stoa Leadership Interviews and Insights

In this episode, Chris Jeub interviews the president, a former board member, and a head coach from Colorado on the future of Stoa speech and debate league. Stoa Leadership Interviews and Insights Download the MP3 NOTES: Mark Russell, President First president outside the state of California. Stoa is in its sixth year with approximately 1300 […]

Episode 41: NCFCA Montage and Announcements

Chris Jeub returned from the NCFCA National Tournament at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. He put together a montage of students as well as a commentary on the president’s announcements for league changes for the upcoming competitive year. NCFCA Student Montage and President’s Announcements Download the MP3 NOTES: Student montage: Stefanie Klaves: On […]

Episode 40: Caution and Craziness with Andrew Pudewa Part 3

This is perhaps the BEST of all forty Training Minds Podcasts, the conclusion of a three-part series of “Caution and Craziness” by Andrew Pudewa. He has been focused on “caution” in the first two parts, but now he’s going to share the “craziness” of his life. Caution and Craziness – Part 3 of 3 Download […]

Five Signature Features of Monument Publishing Sourcebooks

Blue Book is one of five sourcebooks (Blue, Red, Gold, Silver and Bronze), the longest-lasting collection of sourcebooks serving homeschool speakers and debaters since 1998. Heading into the 18th year of competitive excellence, here’s why you will want to continue to be a part of the action this year. Monument Publishing sourcebooks are signature resources helping students across the country best prepare […]

Episode 39: Caution and Craziness by Andrew Pudewa Part 2 of 3

A continuation from last week’s podcast where Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing shares his thoughts about aspiring to great things. Listen to Part I here. Caution and Craziness – Part 2 of 3 Download the MP3 NOTES: This recording is the second of three parts where Andrew Pudewa talks with high school graduates […]

Training Minds Meetup

I (Chris Jeub, president of Training Minds) will be working the Institute for Excellence in Writing booth at the NCFCA National Tournament from June 16-20, 2015. Please come by his booth for information about IEW. I would love to meet you! If you would like to “meet up” concerning Training Minds Ministry and Monument Publishing, be […]

Episode 38: Caution and Craziness with Andrew Pudewa Part 1 of 3

Andrew Pudewa shares his thoughts at Training Minds Ministry’s For Action Conference, recorded at Focus on the Family in January 2014. Caution and Craziness Download the MP3 NOTES: This recording is the first of two parts where Andrew Pudewa talks with high school graduates on the correct attitude to have entering into life. Much of […]

Episode 37: Interviews with NITOC Competitors with Chris Jeub

Chris Jeub interviews some tournament competitors at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, learning a thing or two about how to be champions for next year. NITOC Competitors of 2015 Download the MP3 NOTES: Chris Jeub recorded a half-dozen speakers and debaters (plus a couple of moms) to highlight the National Invitational Tournament of Champions. […]

Episode 36: Preparing for NITOC in Team-Policy Debate with Vance Trefethen

Getting ready for NITOC? Vance Trefethen talks with Chris Jeub about important issues with Stoa’s team-policy debate topic on electronic surveillance. Preparing for NITOC with Vance Trefethen Download the MP3 NOTES: Be sure to connect with Training Minds and Monument Publishing at NITOC. Chris Jeub will be there at its vendor booth. Are you a champion […]

Episode 35: Becoming a Monument Publishing Writer with Chris Jeub

Chris Jeub shares about the kind of sourcebook contributor his company is looking for to help publish the best sourcebook material possible for the 2015-2016 competitive season. Becoming a Monument Publishing Writer Download the MP3 NOTES: We are looking for experienced speakers and debaters or coaches to help contribute to the 2015-2016 line up of […]

Episode 34: Getting Your Resources for Next Year with Chris Jeub

If you are preparing for next year (and you should be!), allow Chris Jeub to walk you through how to save the most money and get your resources to maximize your preparation. Getting Your Resources for Next Year Download the MP3 NOTES: For most of us in speech and debate, we are getting ready for […]

Episode 33: Prescripting Arguments with Matthew Erickson

Stoa’s 2012 National Champion Matthew Erickson shares a personal strategy that helped him prepare to win NITOC: prescripting. Prescripting Arguments with Matthew Erickson Download the MP3 Prescripting is a habit that every debater should practice. You can prescript common arguments to your case, and Matthew shows you how. 90% of the arguments against your case will […]

Episode 32: Focus on Nationals with Shane Baumgardner

A most excellent speech given at the 2011 Nationals Intensive Training Camp from one of the NCFCA and Stoa legends, Shane Baumgardner. Focus on Nationals with Shane Baumgardner Download the MP3 NOTES: Standard for excellence: the Apostle Paul. Your level success directly reflects YOU and your calling by God. Five Keys to Excellence at NITOC/NCFCA […]

Episode 31: Nonverbal Communication with Cody Herche

Nonverbal communication is often the deciding factor in speech and debate rounds. National champion Cody Herche shares his keys to mastering the nonverbal communication techniques for success.   Nonverbal Communication with Cody Herche Download the MP3 NOTES: What is nonverbal communication? 5 queues of nonverbal communication: Repetition Contradiction Substitution Complementing Accenting Body movements & posture Jesters […]

Episode 30: Economic Concepts in Limited Prep Part 2 with Greg Rehmke

This week’s podcast is Part 2 of Greg Rehmke, a free market analyst and educator. His insights into economics is incredibly useful for all sorts of speeches, especially debate and limited prep. Economic Concepts Part 2 with Greg Rehmke Download the MP3 NOTES: FDA solution vs. LU solution Top-down solution vs. free market solutions FedEx solution […]

Episode 29: Economic Concepts in Limited Prep Part 1 with Greg Rehmke

This week’s podcast is Part 1 of Greg Rehmke, a free market analyst and educator. His insights into economics is incredibly useful for all sorts of speeches, especially debate and limited prep. Economic Concepts Part 1 with Greg Rehmke Download the MP3 NOTES: Economics is very broad, but all economists agree on some assumptions. Basic economics […]

Episode 28: Believable Blocking with Travis Herche

Blocking is the “choreography of actions and movements in a scene” (from Keys to Interp) by Travis Herche. Episode 28 goes into detail of the three “walls” interpers need to consider in blocking. Travis Herche on Believable Blocking Download the MP3 Notes: This audio follows a live demonstration of Kacey and Karlyn Leander’s award winning speech from 2012 NITOC. […]

Episode 27: Telling the Truth in Debate with Chris Jeub

Telling the truth in debate is incredibly important, probably more important than any other responsibility. This is why we keep returning to it. Host Chris Jeub has a monologue story to share before hearing from Vance Trefrethen on the importance of ethical debating. Chris Jeub & Vance Trefethen Download the MP3 NOTES: Today’s podcast is […]