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!

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The Unrivaled Success of Ethos Debate

One of the most common questions we field is “why Ethos?” Feel free to take a look at our comprehensive model of education and debate here. But beyond that, the questioner usually is trying to ask one of two things: Why should I get coaching period? Why should I...

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7 Tips for Persuading Novice Judges

“I don’t understand. I had superior arguments, evidence, and refutation, but the judge voted for the other team.” I imagine every debater has felt this way at some point. Yet, even when we think we should win “on paper,” the judge is always right. Inevitably, you will...

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BAM – Miscommunication!

This post talks about communication in the real world. As you read, though, think about how these principles apply to debate and speech. As you practice these concepts in competition, you’re actually strengthening your conversations with family, friends, and...

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Debate. Is. Everywhere.

As a competitive high school debater, one of my pet peeves was when people would say to me, “Oh, I’d be great at debate. I love arguing with people!” It frustrated me that they would reduce debate to mere argumentation, because there is so much more to it....

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Practical Principles: The Bad Precedent DA, Part 2

Last week, I introduced the Bad Precedent DA. It’s a great way to take a principle-based argument and turn it into a practical impact. We've already seen the big picture and one way to structure this kind of DA. Now, we’ll take a look at another type of structure, how...

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Seven Tactics For Tackling Extemp

Extemporaneous is an intimidating speech category, but it is also one of the most rewarding. Competing in Extemp builds your critical thinking skills, makes you a more informed citizen, and is an incredible opportunity to share your opinion on important issues with...

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Practical Principles: The Bad Precedent Disadvantage, Part 1

There’s a common misconception that, in TP, moral arguments and pragmatic arguments don’t mix. That’s false. This article is about the Bad Precedent DA—one of the main ways you can couple your principle-based arguments with a pragmatic dimension. We’ll discuss it in...

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NSDA Sourcebook Researchers Wanted!

Four years ago, I stumbled upon Ethos Debate’s website. The articles I read helped me look at debate in a new way and grow tremendously in debating and speaking. I sent in my case to be critiqued by Isaiah McPeak. Needless to say, I received excellent advice. Ethos...

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Ethics Bowl, Part 2: Prepping, and In The Round

In my previous article, I described our usual presentation structure, while also partially discussing Case 1. In this article, I will be focusing on case preparation and research, as well as some communication and teamwork practices. How we prepare The right research...

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Debate Metaphors We Live By

Words matter. The way we describe things shapes the way we view them. As a debater, this is fairly obvious. Debate is based on the idea that words matter. But have you considered what words we — as a society, not just as debaters — use to describe intellectual...

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Going Neg: How To Win On Inherency

This is the first post from one of our new team members, sixth-year debater Toby Rivas. Keep an eye out for more practical strategy tips from him coming soon! Debaters have lots of silly quirks--“debaterisms,” if you will. Things like always quoting Ronald Reagan,...

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