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!

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

Latest posts

NSDA March PF – HUGE Free Housing Brief Coming!

In August 2019, Ethos will begin publishing and selling high-quality briefs on the NSDA Public Forum (PF) and Lincoln-Douglas (LD) topics. We've recruited some outstanding researchers and are looking forward to what we can bring you! What Makes Ethos Different? We...

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Next-Level Cross Examination, Part 2

Don't forget to check out Part 1 first! Catch-22 This type of questioning is more difficult because it is more complex. It involves a string of questions proceeding in a logical fashion to show an inconsistency or contradiction in the opposing team’s arguments. The...

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Next-Level Cross Examination, Part 1

This post is the first in a series on cross-examination. Part 2 will cover "Catch 22" questions and Part 3 will explore the "Storytelling" strategy. Stay tuned! One way great debaters set themselves apart is in their use of cross-examination time. In this post, I’ll...

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Oyez, Oyez, Oyez: The Ethos Mid-Season Sourcebook

We have exciting news, everyone… Ethos is publishing mid-season sourcebooks for both NCFCA and Stoa TP! They will be almost exclusively negative briefs on the cases being run in the leagues. There will be around 10 or more negs per sourcebook that you can immediately...

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Debate: My Super Secret Superpower

I stepped on my own cord, lunged to catch the recorder, and almost smacked myself in the face with my mic. I am the epitome of professionalism and grace, I lied to myself calmly. I am a radio journalist. Sweat trickled down my back. My headphones started to sag again,...

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1ACs In Real Life: A Grassroots Policy Push

Imagine if legislation were made by policy debaters. I recognize that some readers may be imagining a dystopian world where almost nothing gets done due to a paranoid fear of starting a nuclear war, and even I realize that a congress composed of policy debaters could...

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Speed Tip Series: Use Fewer Words

Have you ever played Mousetrap? You know, the game with the epic contraption: you turn the crank, which pulls back a sign, that slams into a bucket, that sets loose a marble, that slides down a pipe, that jostles a pole, that drops a marble, that flips a diver, that...

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Top 10 Reasons People DON’T Choose Ethos – Answered

Have you ever wished you could improve as a debater, but aren’t sure how? Have you thought about getting outside help or coaching, but you have some reservations? This post addresses some of the common objections that bar students from taking the next step in growing...

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Going Negative Unprepared

You listen as the Aff speaker presents their case. They drone through their introduction and into their first point, and a sinking feeling begins to slide its icy fingers around your heart. You’ve never prepared a negative strategy against this case; you don’t know...

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The Power of (Not-So) Useless Facts

Speakers who surprise, educate, and impress their audiences (by definition) keep their audience’s attention. If you’ve ever listened to a cool story or listened to a speech about a favorite subject, it is harder than normal to distract you. Bad speeches tend to cause...

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Spikes, Part 2: The 2AC

Last time, we introduced spikes and preemption, and saw what they look like in the 1AC. Today, we move to the 2AC, and next time we’ll talk about Neg. 2AC spikes exist to mitigate the Neg block by making the 1AR easier. This article does a wonderful job of outlining...

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The Stock Issues, Revisited

In mid-2017, I wrote an article describing what the stock issues are and why they are useful. I still recommend that article for a basic introduction into the stock issues, but since then, I have updated my views on the framework. This article presents a newer and...

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Stoa TP Webinar with Greg Rehmke!

Calling all Stoa TP Debaters! If you are looking for a spring case idea, or want help researching opponents cases, join Ethos Debate Fellow, Gregory Rehmke as he unpacks the Stoa TP resolution, and how you need to attack it. What cases are good, which ones are GREAT,...

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Lessons From An Impostor: The Psychology of Confidence

Have you ever listened to a presentation or speech, where the speaker is clearly not confident in themselves? It’s very awkward. Listeners and audience members can sense confidence almost better than sharks can smell blood. Confidence, or a lack thereof, bleeds out...

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