*Does not count opponents in bye or forfeit rounds.
Hey! I'm Trevor.
I debated in high school and college. After college I coached debate for Binghamton University and Baylor University, where I studied Communications.
I used to work in real estate, but moving into non-profit and environmental sustainability work. I love to read. Lately I've been getting into philosophy, design, and architecture. I've also been getting into bouldering, currently working on V0-V3 level problems!
My emphasis is on process over product.
The best debates involve responding to the best version of your opponents arguments. It also involves a strong engagement with the support, or evidence, your opponent uses to justify their position.
This means that telling me:
- why their evidence is bad
- why it doesn't say what they think it says
- why it doesn't effectively support what they say
- why compelling counter-evidence should be preferred
are all great ways to get me to vote for you.
I find that the most compelling speeches tell me what arguments to prioritize when evaluating the debate, and why you still win even if your opponent's evaluative metric is deemed preferable. Don't just explain what your position is, explain why I should care about your position.
Do what you do, and have fun!