Loan Nguyen ParadigmLast changed 6/18 9:32P CDT
I am a teacher. My hope is that the experience is fun and rewarding for you, even if you don't win your round. :) Unrelated to debate but similar, I coach and mentor poets for the national poetry slam competition Brave New Voices; I do urban arts and leadership, and a lot of that overlaps beautifully into Speech...Though, I'm often called in to judge for PF. I've just wrapped up a year doing PF so I feel fairly comfortable with it, though coherency >>> speed for me, always.
I appreciate teams who provide roadmaps and explicitly give & follow framework, as that helps me determine my role as a judge. Tell me how I should evaluate you, what sould we be weighing?
Decorum (your behavior) is very important to me. Good people first, who happen to be good at debate, not the other way around. If you become aggressive or rude to the opposing team, regardless of your technical skills, I dock speaker points and am less likely to buy your performance. Be cordial, be civil, it takes the fun out of debate when you're mean. We're here to communicate and to learn. (That also means, hey, don't steam roll your opponents during cross, especially if you ask them a question - interjecting so they cannot even respond to your question defeats the purpose. If I have to intervene, you will know that I am not on board with the conduct. What I look for during cross is questioning, not for you to solely have extra statement time.)
I prefer coherency over speed. I feel very strongly against speed as a means of pushing more cards without actually delving in depth. Remember that you are speaking to me, please don't mumble or speak to the side; I can't follow your logic and what you're saying if I can't hear you, and I won't include that in my flow. In your summary and final focus, I want to know why your evidence should be preferred, why your impacts outweigh, etc.
I try very hard not to influence the debate with my expressions and body language, but I know I have a really expressive face -- often times, if I am not following you or I am skeptical of what you say it will show.
Speaker points for me range from 26 to 29.5 (my "wow!"), I usually don't give 30s unless you are above and beyond.