My question is, what is a good strategy against such debaters? How do you respond to arguments that you have almost no time to respond to?
Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Clump arguments together and make your responses as tight as possible. This is actually something I recommend practicing - being able to flick a switch and become maximally efficient and concise is incredibly useful. And, I find that practicing conciseness improves your clarity even when you're not trying to be concise.
My favorite exercise is to go over old flows, and try to deliver every argument in exactly four sentences: one to identify the argument, one to state your response, one to explain your warrants, and one to impact it. Basically, the apocalypse structure
, the generalized form of four-point refutation
. For example:
They said that their plan will improve relations with Russia. (argument) However, history disproves this. (response) Almost their exact plan was passed in 1949, and again in 1973, and both times it made relations worse. (warrants) If you pass the Affirmative plan, relations won't get better, they'll get worse. (impact)
I wrote a blog post about speech efficiency here
. It goes into more detail, but the main points are:At the table
. Actively look for patterns that let you respond to multiple arguments with one point.
. Drop whatever you can safely drop.At the stand
1. Keep organization crisp
. Organize your speech to require minimal explanation, and don't waste time with a long roadmap or wordy signposting.
2. Know when to stop
. Get right to the point, make it, and force yourself to move on. If you say it clearly, the judge WILL get it the first time.
3. Talk faster... but sparingly
. Talking fast is normally a really bad idea
, but it can be a useful skill for specific situations. Your word economy will degrade, though, so you may not actually be able to get through points any faster.
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- "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free"COG 2016 generics-only sourcebook
- NCFCA/Stoa (thread)Factsmith research software
- v1.5 currently available (thread)Loose Nukes debate blog
- stuff to read with your eyes.