I did TP for 4 years and LD for senior year and TP was definitely my thing and I went to one LD club meeting and I have no idea how to do LD. But here are my thoughts:
1. Teach them the difference between TP and LD voters. At least for me, TP voters were typically like Sig, DAs, and Solvency. Maybe a bit more abstract than that, but most TPers label their VI's with argument names. LDers make entire sentences out of their VI's. What I liked to do was turn my voters into a syllogism. It really helped tie the round together and give a clear reason to vote for me. Or against me if they were bad :P
2. Teach them how to do 2ARs. I say this because up through my last round at NITOC, I was still giving terrible 2ARs. I thought I'd do fine at it since I was a decent TP 1AR, but the two speeches are soooo different. It's more like a PMR except also with extra pretty fluff. And shorter. And slower. The LD 2AR is HARD.
3. Teach them to be good explainers and pretty talkers. I know LD isn't all fluff and sparkles, but I do believe more LD than TP rounds are won/strongly swayed by persuasiveness and clarity. Especially since I think more com/new judges take LD since it's shorter (and oh boy, did I love having shorter rounds.)
4. Maybe teach them some LD jargon :P I spent my first few tournaments having no idea what "intrinsic value" meant in the context of LD. And I would routinely have experienced LDers ask me things in cx where I just had to laugh and say "I have no idea what that means." Which is fine. My judges usually just laughed. haha. But teach them what the jargon means while reminding them not to use it if they can help it.
5. Teach them to be comprehensive. The very best TPers learn to be comprehensive over time. The baby LDers already have to be. What I mean is, an LD case needs to be full and complete and rely on all of its different points. It's really hard to win an aff round with just one of your contentions. You need the whole thing. You may drop a couple apps, but you still need all of your main points to stick through to the end. Even as a neg, you usually have to win your case to win the round. You can't just throw every argument at the wall and hope your judge likes mitigative solvency and sig.
6. Someone already said this, but teach them to be good cx'ers. I do think it matters more in LD.
7. Teach them to be good flow sheeters. This may seem like a no-brainer, but since the little things count more in LD, it's extra important. In octafinals at NITOC, I lost on a 2-1 and both of my losses mainly named a small neg argument that I had an easy response to, but forgot to mention in my speech because I didn't flow well. And flowing has always been easy to me, since day one. I just got lazy. You can't get lazy in LD.
8. The last thing I can think of is, teach them to constantly be mulling over arguments in their heads. I did next to no research last year (cause I hate research :P my partner always did it in TP. I was an excellent organizer, though), but I did a LOT of thinking. Especially living a thousand miles away from my club senior year, I didn't have the collective brain power of many LDers to think about common arguments and find responses. I would just think and think over an argument that was stumbling me until I could figure out the response. Other LDers are a great resource, though, and they are typically friendlier/more open than TPers. Minutes before LD finals at Washington, I was stressed out trying to decide if I wanted to go aff or neg. A coach I'd met that week, whose student I had beaten in double-octs, ran up to me and told me to go aff and gave me a great argument against my opponent's neg. Only one judge voted on it, but the decision was a 4-3, so that one coach won me the round. Basically LD is super friendly but it's also individual, so take advantage of both sides of that.
Hopefully all the TP converts will learn to at least enjoy LD. I never loved it because TP is just the perfect fit for me, but by the end of the year, I started looking forward to my rounds. :)
_________________Brenna Bakke, Veritas CAAdorable Speecher
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