Leslie Schumacher Paradigm
Last changed 12 December 2020 1:26 PM EDT
1. No spreading and no off-time roadmapping: speaking quickly and fluently does not have to be spreading and you should have enough time to say everything you want to say within the clocked time (you can run a speaking speed test with me).
2. Balance evidence with fluid expression: arguments are only as good as how you make them, so don't just cram in lots of things and expect that, if the other side can't refute every single one of them, then I'll automatically award you the win (because I won't!).
3. If the other side introduces an argument when they shouldn't, then it's your responsibility to say that out loud when appropriate: I will not treat this violation the same way whether or not the non-offending side raises the issue.
4. You can agree with each other, but be careful: a lot of talented sides lose when they concede a point and then it becomes a stick wielded by their opponents the rest of the round, so don't put yourself on the back foot here.
5. Be respectful and error on the side of formality: it is rarely effective to be disrespectful, but more importantly there is a difference between being assertive and being pushy.
Balancing all of these factors is tough, but if you consider them closely you will begin to see what kind of comments you can anticipate for your performance in a round. Good luck and have fun!
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