Katy Taylor 2015-2019
- Argumentation > presentation.
- Clash is Really Important. I do like to see more rebuttal the further on we are in the round, but I'll take one really clear, direct argument against a previous speaker than 5 arguments with no substance in an attempt to address everyone in the room. Address your competitor's argument specifically! I'm here for well-constructed, direct refutation.
- Link to your impacts, please! Otherwise they don't make sense. Really strong links are impressive.
- Neg speeches need active harms somewhere, not just "this won't work-" otherwise there's no harm in trying.
- Use good evidence- really need to see more than a one-off line pulled from your source.
- Good on speed but quality > quantity
- Line-by-line rebuttal is the best way to go for me. Also, make it obvious where you are in the flow- "under their second contention, subpoint A," "their Valeri card, which states ____" - all good! (Author name specifically is less crucial here, just explain what the card is saying so I know where you are.) Just tell me where to flow! I'd rather focus on the content of your argument rather than try to figure out where you are.
- If you're dropping an argument intentionally, make that clear. Also explain any extensions or turns.
- Final focus should be big picture.
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