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Miscellaneous

Calling All Speakers, 2022-2023 Leadership Applications

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Weekly Questions: November 14th – November 20th

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Weekly Questions: November 7th – November 13th

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Weekly Questions: October 31st – November 6th

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Weekly Questions: October 24th – October 30th

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Weekly Questions: October 17th – October 23rd

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The 2022-23 National Points Race is Back! & Methodology Changes

The Extemper’s Bible will again host a Nationals Points Race for the third year in a row. This point system will determine the country’s most consistent competitor across a series of nationally-recognized events. Following the model of the Extemp Central National Points Race, we will be using different tiers to determine the comparative difficulty of […]

Weekly Questions: October 10th – October 16th

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Weekly Questions: October 3rd – October 9th

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Weekly Questions: September 26th – October 2nd

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Weekly Questions: September 19th – September 25th

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Weekly Questions: September 12th – September 18th

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Weekly Questions: September 5th – September 11th

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Delivery Extemp Content and Strategy

The Extemper’s Bible, The Book

Guess what? We have a book now. It’s name? Well, the title of our website. By Krish Shah with Govind Pattathil and Vikram Sundaram as contributors.

Weekly Questions: August 29th – September 4th

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Weekly Questions: August 22nd – August 28th

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Changes to Weekly Questions + Questions: August 15th – August 21st

Read here for updates on how Weekly Questions will be developed. Happy practicing!

Extemp Camp Opportunity

Ananth Veluvali and Peter Alisky, two extempers who help run the Extemper’s Bible, are offering a high-quality, low-cost extemp camp in August virtually. Extempers of all experience levels are invited to learn from national champions in activities ranging from content lectures, delivery drills, substructure, strategy, practice speeches, and much more. Find more information at paramountprep.org. […]

Weekly Questions: Summer Feedback

As the 2021-22 season draws to a close, the Extemper’s Bible would like to solicit feedback on its Weekly Questions scheme to ensure that it continues being a valuable resource to all extempers. If you have a free moment, please fill out the form below. You can send any additional thoughts you may have to […]

Congratulations to our 2021-22 National Points Race Champion and Top Placers!

The 2021-22 season has come to a close, and the Extemper’s Bible is ready to crown a champion! Congratulations to Daniel Kind of the Lake Highland Preparatory School, Florida for being the nation’s top Points Race performer this year with 10,750 points! Kind is the first-ever NPR competitor to break the five digit mark, and […]

Weekly Questions: June 6th – June 12th

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Weekly Questions: May 30th – June 5th

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Extempers’ Favorite Podcasts: A Quick Survey

Are you a podhead? Look no further! In this article, Ananth Veluvali asks some extempers from around the circuit for their favorite news-related podcasts. Apologies in advance for the gratuitous use of emojis 🙂

Weekly Questions: May 23rd – May 29th

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Weekly Questions: May 16th – May 22nd

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Weekly Questions: May 9th – May 15th

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Weekly Questions: May 2nd – May 8th

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Wiki

Wiki – Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed

Following calls for Justice Stephen Breyer to step down, Biden has successfully nominated his first Supreme Court justice: Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Weekly Questions: April 25th – May 1st

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Wiki

Wiki – The Sri Lankan Crisis

For once, it isn’t Sri Lanka’s cricket team that’s causing the country distress. So what exactly is going on?

Weekly Questions: April 18th – April 24th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Practice makes Perfect – A Collection of Practice Routines

Kevin asks some of his favorite extempers what they’ve done to practice for TOCs. Definitely not a last minute Spring Break grind session…

Weekly Questions: April 11th – April 17th

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Wiki

Wiki – Oklahoma’s (almost complete) Abortion Ban

A near-total ban on abortion is expected to go into law in Oklahoma, setting precedents and alarming pro-choice advocates.

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Wiki

Wiki – Pakistan’s Democratic Backsliding

Pakistan has entered a state of political turmoil and likely democratic backsliding. Read this wiki article to learn why!

Weekly Questions: April 4th – April 10th

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Weekly Questions: March 28th – April 3rd

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Weekly Questions: March 21st – March 27th

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Delivery

Hand Gesturing 101

Hand gestures are an important, albeit underutilized tool in extemp. In this article, Ananth Veluvali discusses how you can work on creating effective hand gestures.

Weekly Questions: March 14th – March 20th

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National Points Race

2021-22 National Points Race, January/February Update: Kind takes Sunvite and Barkley Forum, Zavarro wins Harvard, Frank Mc-Pheter, Olakangil, Ververis, Chien, Sistla, and Vandenburg take wins

Welcome to the fourth update for the 2021-22 National Points Race! In this edition, we discuss changes made to the Points Race in regards to replacing the Stanford Invitational, and cover the results from Sunvitational, the Cavalier Invitational, the James Logan MLK Invitational, Barkley Forum, Harvard, Palm Classic, and the Cal Invitational. January and February […]

Weekly Questions: March 7th – March 13th

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Wiki

Wiki #3: Biden’s 2022 State of the Union

In looking at perhaps the most important domestic speech for any USX-er out there, Anirudh Prasanna recaps the most memorable moments in the third installment of our Wiki series. President Biden delivered his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday, March 1st, in which he found the nation to be “stronger today than we […]

Weekly Questions: February 28th – March 6th

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Wiki

Wiki #2: Russia and Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine have definitely made the news cycle in the last month. So, what’s going on? And why is everyone angry?

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Wiki

Wiki #1: Canada’s Freedom Convoys

On our first installation of The Extemper’s Wiki (a series where we break down important news in 175 words or less), Ananth Veluvali dives into Canada’s Freedom Convoys.

Weekly Questions: February 21st – February 27th

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Weekly Questions: February 14th – February 20th

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Weekly Questions: February 7th – February 13th

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Blog Post

2022 MBA Invitees Posted!

The Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) Round Robin is a 16 person, invite-only tournament, widely recognized as the most prestigious round robin in the nation. The tournament will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from March 5th to March 6th. Check out the invite list below and congratulations to all of those invited!

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Blog Post Delivery Strategy

The Benefits of Impromptu

In this article, Mukta Dharmapurikar discusses how extempers can best utilize Impromptu Speaking to strengthen their speeches, all with the help of some memes!

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Blog Post Weekly Questions

Weekly Questions: January 31st – February 5th

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Weekly Questions: January 24th – January 30th

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Weekly Questions: January 17th – January 23rd

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Weekly Questions: January 10th – January 16th

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Weekly Quiz: January 3rd-January 9th

2021 Reflection: See Our Growth and New Direction

Happy New Year! In this article, founder Ananth Veluvali reflects on the success of the Extemper’s Bible in 2021, while also highlighting new leadership opportunities that have opened up. This is a MUST READ!

Weekly Questions: December 20th – December 26th

Happy holidays! We will not be publishing questions over the next two weeks because of the winter holidays. Thanks for reading and see you in 2022! USX How can America address its youth mental health crisis? Should Congressional members be banned from trading individual stocks? Was relying on sunset clauses a good way of cutting […]

2021-22 National Points Race, November/December Update: Kind Maintains Streak of Dominance, Tamkin, Roberts, Letterer, and Sorgini Bring Home Gold

Welcome to the third monthly update for the 2021-22 National Points Race! In this edition, we discuss changes made to the tiering of the GMU Patriot Games, and cover the results from GMU as well as Villiger, Glenbrooks, UT Longhorn, and Princeton. November and December are typically two of the busiest months when it comes […]

Weekly Questions: December 13th – December 19th

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New Podcast Episode: Interview with Nick Blauz

We’ve dropped another podcast episode! Read more to find out what it’s about and where you can listen to it!

Weekly Questions: December 6th – December 12th

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The Extemper’s Briefing: Inflation

Over the past year, inflation in the United States has significantly increased. What is it, why does it matter, and what can governments do to address it? Those are just a few of the questions Ananth Veluvali explores in this briefing.

Weekly Quiz: November 27th-December 3rd

Our Podcast is Back!

After reflecting this summer, we’ve got some exciting updates about our podcast! Read more to find out.

Weekly Questions: November 22nd – November 28th

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Weekly Quiz: November 20th-November 27th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Practicing Before Big Tournaments

In this article, Ananth Veluvali provides a strategy for practicing before big tournaments.

National Points Race October Update: Paltzik Champions Bronx, Kind Takes Blue Key

While October only had two tier four tournaments that were in the National Points Race, we saw two familiar faces from last month at the top of both tournaments. The New York City Invitational (Bronx) was held from October 15th through the 17th. In first place was Yale champion McKinley Paltzik of Phoenix Country Day […]

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Blog Post Weekly Questions

Weekly Questions: November 15th – November 21st

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Blog Post Extemp Content and Strategy

Reading Done Right: How to Keep Up With the News

In this article, Ananth Veluvali explores how extempers can read the news efficiently and comprehensively.

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Blog Post Extemp Content and Strategy

A Collection of Quotes (Part 2)

Few things spice up a speech like a timely quote. In this article, we’ll go over some quotes that can be used in any extemporaneous speech and go over how to use them.

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Miscellaneous

Starting an Extemp Team: Practices

In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down how you, as a captain, can run practices for your extemp team. This will be Part 2 in a longer series about starting, managing, and leading your team.

Weekly Quiz:November 8th-November 15th

Weekly Questions: November 8th – November 14th

USX What do recent referendums on police reforms signal about the future of the Defund the Police movement? What lessons do the Democratic Party need to take away from the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections? Is paid family leave a winning issue for Democrats? Is admitting more immigrants the best response for America’s labor […]

Weekly Questions: November 1st – November 6th

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Weekly Question: October 25th – October 31st

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Weekly Questions: October 18th – 24th

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Blog Post

Weekly Questions: October 11th-17th

USX Will Congressional Democrats be able to pass price reductions on prescription medication? Have we seen the last wave of COVID cases in the U.S.? Would breaking up Facebook be a good policy decision? How long will America’s widespread supply shortages last? Is the “Defund the Police” movement dead for good? IX How can the […]

2021-22 National Points Race, September Update: Kind Wins Season Opener and Duke, Paltzik Repeats at Yale

Welcome to the first monthly update for the 2021-22 National Points Race! In this edition, we cover the results from the UK Season Opener, the Yale Invitational, and the Duke Invitational. The new extemp season has started, and some familiar faces are already showing their growth from last year at the first tournaments of the […]

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Blog Post

Weekly Questions: October 4th – October 10th

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The Extemper’s Bible is Looking for Help!

Interested in helping us? Keep reading for more!

Weekly Questions: September 27th – October 3rd

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Weekly Questions: September 20th – September 26th

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Weekly Questions: September 13th – September 19th

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The 2021-22 National Points Race is Live! + Methodology Changes

After a successful launch last year, the Extemper’s Bible will once again host a Nationals Points Race in order to determine the country’s most consistent competitor across a series of nationally-recognized events. Following the model of the Extemp Central National Points Race, we will be using different tiers to determine the comparative difficulty of tournaments […]

Weekly Questions: September 6th – September 12th

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The Extemper’s Briefing:Demographic Structure, Explained

This article explains how a society’s demographic structure affects its economic and political systems and how that is relevant to extempers.

Weekly Quiz: August 30th – September 5th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with this weeks ten question quiz!

Weekly Questions: August 29th – September 4th

USX Is a carbon border adjustment tax a good policy idea? What steps can the Biden administration take to prevent mass housing insecurity after the Supreme Court’s ruling against the eviction moratorium? Who will win the Democrats’ internal struggle between progressives and moderates? Should the Biden administration have authorized booster shots? Should Jerome Powell be […]

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Miscellaneous

Recruiting an Extemp Team

In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down how you, as a captain, can recruit people for your extemp team. This will be Part 1 in a longer series about starting, managing, and leading your team.

What’s Ahead for 2021-2022

After a well-enjoyed summer break, the Extemper’s Bible is back! Keep reading to find out more about exciting updates to the site and what you can expect from us.

Weekly Quiz: August 23th – August 29th

Weekly Questions: August 23rd – August 30th (Movies, TV, and Theater)

Normal, current affairs-focused questions will be back next week. We hope you enjoyed your summer! Movies 1. What lessons can be learned from movies’ simultaneous box office and streaming service launches in 2021? 2. Has Marvel Studios successfully refound themselves after Avengers: Endgame? 3. Will the Oscars truly able to shed their non-diverse reputation? 4. […]

Weekly Questions: August 16th – August 23rd (Movies, Video Games, and TikTok)

We apologize for the slight delay! Music Has Lil Was X successfully reshaped the conversation around queerness in the hip-hop industry? Should Jack Antonoff’s rise to producer stardom be celebrated or looked down upon? Should more artists move away from record labels?Video Games How will the arrival of the Steam Deck affect the gaming industry? […]

Weekly Quiz: August 16th – August 22th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with this weeks ten question quiz!

Weekly Questions: August 9th – August 15th (The Tokyo Olympics)

Is Caeleb Dressel the new Michael Phelps? What lessons can the world of gymnastics learn from Simone Biles’ event withdrawals at the Tokyo Olympics? How should U.S. Olympics drug policy be changed after the Tokyo Olympics, if at all? What sport, if any, should the Olympics add for the 2024 Games? Will USA Basketball – […]

The Extemper’s Bible is Starting a Book Club!

The Extemper’s Bible is beginning a virtual book club for extempers.

Weekly Quiz: August 2nd – August 9th

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with our weekly quiz! 10 questions, once per week

Weekly Questions: August 3rd – August 10th (Football and Hockey)

Football What can NFL front offices learn from the resolution of Aaron Rodgers’ feud with the Packers? Which rookie quarterback will exceed expectations the most? Does vaccine skepticism among NFL players pose a serious problem to the league? Are the Buffalo Bills ready to make the “next step” in the 2021-22 season? Should the NFL […]

We’re Running a Free Seminar on Delivery!

Read this article for some exciting updates from the Extemper’s Bible! Plus, a free presentation on introductions linked below!

Weekly Quiz: July 26th – August 2nd

Are you caught up with the news? Find out with our weekly quiz! 10 questions, once per week — it’s back!

Weekly Questions: July 26th – August 2nd (Basketball and Baseball)

Basketball Who are the favorites to win the 2021-2022 NBA Championship? Is it time for the Portland Trail Blazers to blow it up? What’s the best move for the Philadelphia 76ers this off-season? Would the NBA benefit from adding a mid-season tournament? Will more young prospects turn to the G-League instead of attending college?Baseball Are […]

Weekly Questions will be Culture-Focused for the Summer!

We hope everyone is having a great summer! For the next five weeks, the Extemper’s Bible will be releasing modified versions of our usual weekly questions, with eight questions each week focusing on elements of modern culture. We’re writing the questions about your hobbies, interests, and guilty pleasures that you wish you’d gotten in tournament, […]

We’re Running a Free Seminar!

Read this article for some exciting updates from the Extemper’s Bible! Plus, a free economics presentation linked below!

Economics 101

Economics is one of the more difficult subjects that extemp covers. In this article, Ananth Veluvali breaks down interest rates and modern monetary theory.

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Miscellaneous

5 Reasons to Join Speech and Debate

The speech and debate season is coming up in less than two months, which means it’s time for recruitment! Hopefully, this ‘sales pitch’ for joining the speech and debate team helps! This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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Extemp Content and Strategy

5 Steps to Improve Over the Summer

While summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and the sweet feeling of freedom that comes with having no homework, it’s also a great time to improve your extemp skills. In this article, Ananth Veluvali delves into some tips and tricks for becoming a better extemper over the summer.

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National Points Race

Congratulations to our 2020-21 National Points Race Champion and Top Placers!

The 2020-2021 season has come to a close, which means the Extemper’s Bible can crown its first-ever National Points Race champion! Congratulations to Mukta Dharmapurikar of Durham Academy, North Carolina, for winning the NPR with 8775 points! She began the year strong with a win at the UK Season Opener and had a consistent string […]

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National Points Race

2020-21 National Points Race, Nationals Update: Rollins, Dharmapurikar, Veluvali, Pattathunaduvil and Holley Each Claim a Title

Welcome to the final monthly update on the standings and tournament results for the 2020-21 National Points Race! This edition features the results from the end-of-season “national” tournaments: the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions, the Northwestern University Extemp Tournament of Champions, the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals, and the National Speech and Debate Association […]

Weekly Questions: June 14th – June 21st

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Weekly Questions: June 7th – June 13th

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Free Extemp Session with Christopher Maximos!

Work closely with three-time national finalist Christopher Maximos at 6 PM CST tomorrow as he delves into what makes an effective introduction. Interested in signing up for our full camp and working one-on-one with Maximos? Check out extempinstitute.com! The link to the meeting can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81140285031. The Meeting ID is 811 4028 5031 […]

Weekly Questions: May 31st – June 6th

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Weekly Questions: May 24th – 30th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Book Summaries Part 5

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your next speech.

Weekly Questions: May 17th – May 23rd

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Podcasts for Extemp

Sometimes, you want to get your extemp information without having to pore over news articles and think tank reports. That’s where podcasts enter into play: you can stay up-to-date with the latest events and relax a bit! Keep reading to discover some enjoyable podcast sources. This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

Weekly Questions: May 10th – May 16th

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Weekly Questions: May 3rd – May 9th

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Delivery

Fighting Impostor Syndrome

The following is a reposted article from October of 2020. With big tournaments like the ETOC, NCFLs, and NSDA Nationals coming up, we hope it strikes a chord with you all.

Weekly Questions: April 26th – May 2nd

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The Extemper’s Bible is Running Its Own Camp!

After months of careful planning and coordination with nationally-renowned extempers and extemp coaches, we have finally got our camp up-and-running! Read more to find out some details.

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Book Summaries Part 4

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your next speech. 

Weekly Questions: April 19th – 25th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Cross-Examination in Extemp

In important rounds, you may have to cross-examine your opponents. In this article, we’ll delve into what cross-examination is and how to effectively do it. This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

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Delivery

6 Tips for Navigating Online Tournaments

With important tournaments like the TOC and Nationals coming up and tournaments likely online through December of 2021 (if not longer), we thought we’d revisit one of our favorite articles. Below is a list of different tips & tricks for navigating online tournaments that will help maximize your speaking appeal.

Weekly Questions: April 12th – April 18th

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Charts & Graphs

In this article, we go over a few handy charts and graphs to help any extemper

Last Day to Register for our Tournament!

We’ve decided to extend the deadline to register for our tournament until 7 PM CST today! You can sign up using this tabroom link: https://www.tabroom.com/index/tourn/index.mhtml?tourn_id=20022.

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Effectively Outlining Your Extemp Speech

Effectively outlining your introductions and points can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with a little practice, you can nail your outlines every single time! This article was written by Ananth Veluvali.

Weekly Questions: April 5th – April 11th

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Delivery

Extemp Drill List

Looking for a list of drills to practice? Look no further!

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Interviews

Interview with USX National Runner Up Adam Hamdan

Written by Dev Ahuja and Vikram Sundaram.
Adam Hamdan, runner-up in USX at Nats 2020, sits down for an interview about his extemp career and greatest tips.

Weekly Questions: March 29th – April 5th

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Interviews

Interview with Brian Zheng

In May of 2020, I interviewed Brian Zheng, the runner-up at the 2019 ETOC and the NCFL National Champion. The shortened version of that interview can be found below. The full version can be found on our podcast, the Extemper’s Bible!

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Extemp Content and Strategy

Book Summaries: Part 3

Citing a book is one of the most impressive things you can do in an extemp speech. Beyond presenting an opportunity to cite distinguished scholars, books typically hold complex political, social, and economic theories that add sophistication to your speeches. Below is a list of a few books you may want to cite in your […]