Shannon Baskett ParadigmLast changed 8/23 1:19P CDT
The best debaters combine argumentation, analysis, persuasion, and presentation skills in delivering well-researched cases and refuting opponents’ arguments with responsive evidence.
Speaking rate / speed - An effective debater need not speak at an unintelligible rate. Superior argumentation skills may be demonstrated through argument choice.
Judge background - former college debater (nationals competitor), licensed attorney, high school speech and debate coach.