I’ll get right to the point.
I have six years of experience judging in Public Forum Debate as a parent. I do keep track of contentions and their responses, though my ability is limited by the speed at which you speak. I want you to take special care about being crystal clear when saying the first sentence of each contention. I am a fan of signposting. If I am keeping time, don’t ask me for X seconds. Tell me when to start or stop.
There are only three ways you can lose a round with me judging.
1: Believe it or not you can be out debated. J
2: You speak too fast for me to flow.
3: You are extremely rude to your opponents.
My judging style is as follows:
I don’t judge just off lives impacts or random pieces of evidence. I want you to tell me a story and be compelling with your arguments. That’s the whole point of Public Forum.
Note on rudeness: If you are somewhat rude to your opponents, I will most definitely dock speaker points, but will still listen to your arguments. If I believe you cross the line, I will immediately drop you.