Author Archives: Lauren Sabino

About Lauren Sabino

Lauren Sabino is the Director of Youth Programs at the National Center for Policy Analysis. She currently administrates Debate Central, the largest free online debate resource.

Avoid the Biggest Pitfalls of Using Anecdotes

Using anecdotes can be a powerful way to boost the emotional appeal of your speech by making abstract issues concrete and giving them a name. Like so many debate tactics, however, a little bit can go a long way. Wendesday’s … Continue reading

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Why You Should Talk About Argument Theory With Your Debate Team

Our workshop series this season was about much more than topic preparation. Lecturers Jason Sykes (Associate Director of Debate at The Hockaday School) and Brian Lain (Director of Debate at the University of North Texas) created some innovative lessons plans … Continue reading

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Public Forum Coupon Code!

Our workshop Public Forum instructor, Jason Sykes, has graciously provided a special offer for Debate Central readers! Below the fold, you will find a coupon code for an awesome discount on PFDebate‘s monthly brief!

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Workshop Russia Disadvantage File

Yesterday, we published our affirmative and negative files from the recent free workshop series. Today, we’re building your evidence set even more with a free Russia disadvantage by UT-Dallas Director of Debate Scott Herndon. You can find it below the … Continue reading

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Workshop Cuba Affirmative and Negative File

This weekend, we concluded our workshop series with one of the largest events in Debate Central history! We are so glad that so many of you were able to join us and take part in our free event. If you … Continue reading

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Cross-Examination Workshop PowerPoints

Missed our free workshop series? Even if you can’t make it to Dallas, we hope you’ll get some use out of our lesson plans. Today, we’re posting the PowerPoints from our Policy Lecture sessions with Louie Petit and Scott Herndon. … Continue reading

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Lucinda David’s TEDx Talk: Debating Changes Lives

The Debating News directed us to this stellar video this morning. Feeling a little burnt out on all the pre-season work? Listen to Lucinda David, an international debater and judge, tell you why your time investment now will change your … Continue reading

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