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Be considerate, speak clearly and not excessively fast, avoid bombarding the round with excessive numbers/stats unless your reasoning is already top-notch and comprehensive, and avoid theoretical arguments unless your opponents are undoubtedly abusive.
Be considerate to your fellow debaters! Don't be dismissive or incredulous, treat their arguments with respect.
Do your best to be a clear, easy-to-flow speaker. This will make it much easier for me to write down your arguments and prevent disagreements on what was said in the round. Be comfortable and confident in your speech. The less stumbling, the better. If you have to speak a little slower, go for it!
I'm a big fan of specific, well-explained evidence backing up strong reasoning in contentions. Try not to give one line of reasoning then cite four different publications ;)
Don't beat around the bush with your contentions! If you want to say "x political party good," say "x political party good." I will not be judging based on my personal beliefs.
Comprehensive refutes will greatly improve your chances in the round. Remember that your opponents will be bringing arguments just as prepared as yours -- tell me how their case isn't valid!
At the end of the day, if I buy both side's cases, the debate will be down to the impacting. Make sure you explain exactly how your contentions lead to your impacts and not just what your impacts are, but why they're more important than what your opponents are offering. Tell me how your side wins if their case doesn't stand, and how you win even if it does.