Ooohhohhoo I absolutely adore 2NR's, with very few exceptions. [Namely when I'm getting the crap kicked out of me and know I'm uttering garbage in every point
Ok, good 2NR's are not simply bottled up and stocked - You have to tailor your speech to both the judge, the opponent, and the way the round is going. There are, however, a few consistant things you can keep in mind no matter what.
1. Theme. Essentially, if you could take every negative speech and sum it up in one second, what would it be? Alternatively, if you haven't really had the time to MAKE a theme throughout the round, now is the time for you to do so. My canned 2NR opener when I don't have something smarter to say is the Calvin and Hobbes quote "Reality continues to ruin my life." From there, all of my sub points are going to be on the concept of reality vs what the aff wishes was the truth.
2. When tagging voting issues, forgo the line by line and make the absolute statement. If you have been arguing over solvency all day long over the question of fiating the supreme court, [random example] and this has gotten into multi-line argument, don't worry about getting that into the tag, just call it like it is. "Voting Issue 3: Zero Solvency." From there, after you've made the absolute statement, it's a recapping of your reasoning that references and encorperates line-by-line, but isn't ALL line-by-line
. "The reason my oppnents have no solvency is that their solvency hinges on fiating SCOTA. Now, the primary aff defence against this has been that the aff has fiat over the governemnt in it's entirety, and that entails SCOTA by extension, [make reference to actual quote from 1AR here], but at the end of the day, SCOTA can take no action unless someone challenges the legality of ::insert law here:: in court, and manages to go ALL THE WAY UP CHE CHAIN to get to SCOTA."
3. Make it memorable. We've all been in situations where you could jump up and shout I'LL GIVE YOU FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A 3NR! A ONE MINUTE +X! ANYTHING! Unfortunetely, that's the danger of being neg - Having a 2AR so epic that everything you've said is forgotten. Sollution? Set the bar so high they can't match it.
Be passionate. Be funny. Be fast. Do anything at all [within reason, of course] to absolutely keep yourself engrained in the judges mind long after they've entered Judges Hos. Extending the SCOTA example, I would probably make multiple cracks about how the judge needs to just have court be adjurned [sp?] already. Except, you know, funnier.
Anyway, those are my three main steps for 2NR's. Otherwise, just remember to mold yourself to fit the round. If you're against total stumbling n00bs, don't worry about showing off your brilliance - Just win on the flow. If you're against a team and the judge looks like s/he's about to fall asleep on you, it's time to be loud and make jokes. If you're debating and you have a debate coach, maybe speed a little bit.
EDIT: I am on a library computer right now, which means I am on E right now, which means I have no spellchecker and the window keeps bouncing up and down and hiding my text, so forgive spelling errors.