Persuasion, Communication and Debate. 

We exist to build people up as mature and powerful communicators. Communication is a discipline, not just a skill. Our training teaches students the discipline it takes to master communication. Ethos combines natural persuasion habits and methods, statistical data on communication techniques, and modern psychology. Join us in the timeless journey of rhetoric. We also teach collegiate and high school debate. 

2019 Ethos Summer Camps

Book Ethos now for NSDA, NCFCA, Stoa, and novice debate camps in Summer 2019!

2019 Ethos Summer Camps

Book Ethos now for NSDA, NCFCA, Stoa, and novice debate camps in Summer 2019!

Our Manifesto

A guide to WHY you should think about debate and communication the way we do!

Latest posts

Speed Tip Series: Making Speeches Speakable

Simpler is better. I don’t know why it took me five years to figure this out. After all, our nation was basically founded on the imperative “Never use two words when one will do.” Right? So why did I, an accomplished speaker, still stumble over phrases in my 1AC or...

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Question and Answer With a College Debater

Last year, Ethos brought on Jadon Buzzard as a coach and sourcebook writer. From the beginning, Jadon showed a real knack for grasping Ethos’ core mission and teaching it to his students. Today - we sit down with Jadon and talk about his debate career, and...

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Four Years Later: Lessons From Debate, Part 1

I’ve been out of the debate scene for a while. After my last tournament in 2015 and the small amount of writing/coaching I did subsequently, the sport was relegated to the same spot as a lot of things I did in high school – important in the sense of my own personal...

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When To Use Statements In Cross Ex: Never

We’ve all seen it. Debaters who use cross-examination or cross-fire to expound on the speech they’ve just made. This is not only ill-advised but also obnoxious and shows a clear lack of understanding. More than that - if the debater knows what they’re doing...it’s...

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Steelmanning

Author Robin Sloan described attending debates sponsored by the Long Now Foundation. He was struck by the debate format, writing, “The first time I saw one of these debates, it blew my mind.” Why were these debates so revolutionary? Sloan gives some context: “Our...

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Ethos Voting Guide: Stoa TP 2019-2020

Harrison Durland took a look at Stoa’s 2019-2020 TP options. Here are some of his conclusions intended to spark your own independent thinking. 1. Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its banking, finance, and/or monetary policy....

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Ethos Voting Guide: 2019-2020 NCFCA LD Resolutions

It’s that time of year again...voting is open to determine NCFCA’s 2019-2020 debate resolution! Before you cast your ballot, read up on what Josh Hu and Joel Erickson have to say about the LD options. A. Resolved: Individuals have a right to health-care. Josh This...

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Manufacturing Confidence

This is for every scared debater out there. I know how you feel. https://ethosdebate.com/confidence-fake-til-make/ https://ethosdebate.com/lessons-from-an-impostor-the-psychology-of-confidence/

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Communication Breakdown

“What you write will never be more important than how you write it.” —Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing The apparent disconnect between these two essential questions—“what” versus “how”—is nowhere more prevalent than the largest space for...

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Get Ready for 2019 Ethos Summer Camps

2019 Ethos Summer Camps are almost here! We have so many locations on the map for you guys and can't wait to share them. Before we finalize our summer lineup, be sure you visit our Summer Camps page to read about what's new this summer and why Ethos Camps are uniquely...

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A Resource For Research: Think Tanks

The internet can feel like a jungle when it comes to sources: there are a lot of plants, but you aren’t always sure which ones you can eat. I certainly have been in this kind of situation before, such as at the beginning of a season when I am trying to identify...

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When Your Life Is A Catchphrase

“Everybody here? Great. Anna, would you pray for us before we get started?” “Oh. Me? Oh. Yeah, sure! Um. Okay.” You know that moment when you’re handed something completely unexpected? When you’re strolling along a sunny lane and then a giant iguana shows up out of...

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Speed Tip Series: Evidence and Examples

For TPers in the throes of tournament season, evidence can seem like the be-all, end-all. They desperately scrounge for cards and trade for briefs, then head off to a round, gripping those pages like they’re Ben Gates making off with the Declaration of Independence....

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Midseason Blues

Here in the frigid wastelands of Chicago, spring can seem a long way off. Debaters everywhere know how that feels: we often hit plateaus where we lack motivation or feel like we'll never reach that next level. If you're looking for some midseason encouragement, you've...

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