Bridget Doherty ParadigmLast changed 3/2 3:41P EDT
I have been judging for 3 years mostly focused on LD. I've come to really enjoy it and look forward to hearing from you.
What I am looking for:
Content is king for me: Having a good, sound argument where you clearly understand the facts/cards/reasoning of your aff and/or neg and can clearly explain them to those who do not is what I am looking for.
I am also looking for an organized thought process and adherence to the LD framework. Your actions should almost always be taking it back to your value and core contentions.
I understand Spreading is an approved technique, but if you are going so fast I can't understand your case, you can't win the argument, no matter how good it is. Speed is acceptable, as long as I can understand what you are saying. I am a professional communicator for a major healthcare company, and if I counseled my executive leader to speak super fast I would not have a job (and neither would the executive).
If you are going so fast I can't understand, I will give one warning. Again, the content of your argument and an organized framework will go much farther with me than getting lots of information/facts and figures on the table.
And I just learned this: I am NOT a fan of Kritik. Do at your own peril.
It is important that everyone learn from this experience, so my comments will be broken into what you did well and opportunities for improvement.
Lastly, I appreciate all the hard work you put into this and am constantly impressed by students who have the courage to do this and their amazing skills. Thank you for doing this.