Private Coaching
All Speech events, Debate, Writing, and Interview Skills
Advance Your Critical-thinking & Communications Skills to a Higher Level

Individual, Team, or Group Coaching!

Our veteran coaches provide individual, team or group training for students all across the United States via Google-hangout or Skype (or in person in the Dallas-Fort Worth area). See specific Debate, Speech, and Writing services listed below (also see Ease-of-Speech for business coaching for adults). The emphasis of our training is to help students sharpen their critical-thinking skills, by learning to examine the what, why and how behind the ideas they advocate and encounter.

Submit a Coaching Request Form to reserve your time-slot

Coaches:
Policy Debate: Suzanne Nasser, James Russell, William Bock, Caleb Engle, Micah Bock, Grayson Logue, Ian Mikkelsen
Lincoln Douglas: Suzanne Nasser, Justin Manchester, Grayson Logue, Matt Rosa, Ian Mikkelsen, Raphael Cavanna,
Moot Court: William Bock, Grayson Logue
Public Forum: Ian Mikkelsen, Preeya Bhakta
Congress: Ian Mikkelsen, Emily Leber
Parliamentary Debate: Ian Mikkelsen, William Bock, Emily Leber
Speech: Cesar Ruiz, Micah Bock, Chandler Pearson, Emily Leber, Raphael Cavanna, Annaleise Weir
Extemp: Caleb Engle, William Bock, Grayson Logue, Ian Mikkelsen
Writing: Greg Barry, Stephen Sutherland
Interview Trainingsee Ease-of-Speech services
  
See Coach's BIOs here. All coaching sessions are confidential
 

 

2017-2018 Rates:

Individual student: $40/hour 

Team (2 debaters or DUO competitors): $22/hour per partner (both partners are required in order to sign up for Team Policy coaching)

Group/Club: $75/hour (fee includes extensive preparation and weekly coaching, not admin or travel expenses)

 

Available Timeslots

Coaching sessions are conducted online via Google-hangouts or Skype, or in person in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Time-slots are available Monday thru Saturday, between 8am and 9:30pm CST. We will not meet during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or Easter. Note: Some of our coaches are not available in July or August since they are teaching a full schedule of summer camps.

 

To Book a Coaching Session

Submit a Coaching Request Form now to reserve a time-slot. Specify your 1st & 2nd choice in dates/timeslots, goals, and the specific areas you would like to focus on.

During the regular season, payment must be made for a minimum of 6 sessions to allow sufficient time for students to learn and master the skills needed to show significant improvement in competition. However, as the season draws to a close, less than 6 time-slots can be reserved. Higher rates apply for reservations of less than 6 sessions.

Note: Team Policy debaters, private coaching is available for the team (both partners), not individuals.

 

Coaching Services

Debate:

Research skills
Case construction and fluency
AFF strategies
Identify and counter unproven assumptions and faulty mindsets using solid argumentation
Structured refutation (including impact calculus)
Cross-examination strategies
NEG brainstorming, philosophies & strategies
Master briefs
AFF and NEG drills
Critiqued/coached rounds
Tournament Prep Intensive
@Tournaments: pre and post round coaching
Ballot reviews and next steps (post competition)
 

Speech:

Genres: Platform, interpretative, Impromptu, Extemporaneous and Apologetic speaking
Speak comfortably in front of a group: Overcome stage fright, nervous habits and project confidence and poise
Write/cut and deliver speeches to maximize their impact on audiences
Craft a strong thesis
Well-reasoned and well-supported points
Become a compelling story-teller
Improve your body language
Connect with your audience
Voice (projection, inflection)
The art of acting and mime
Choreography
Interpretations: Improved characterization
Practice and evaluation
   

Interview Skills:

Interview Preparation: Ice-breakers, good questions to ask
Mock college and job interviews
Impromptu practice: Think quickly on your feet
Overcome nervous habits: speak comfortably in front of a group
Maximize your strengths, minimize your weaknesses
Effective Presentations:  Deliver polished impactful presentations with confidence and poise under pressure
 

Writing:

College prep essay writing process and techniques (for SAT/ACT and AP)
Active voice
Evaluate and respond to essay prompts
Crafting a strong thesis
Developing well-reasoned arguments, analysis, support
Research skills
Grammar, syntax, sentence structure
Clear organization
Citations, footnotes and bibliographies

 

Absences or Rescheduling Meetings

Students are required to notify their coach 4 days in advance of planned absences or requests to reschedule to another day/time. No fee is charged for planned absences or changes with advance notice. However, the regular hourly fee is due for unplanned absences or changes made without 4 days notice. 

 

Testimonials

"Private coaching with Mrs. Nasser has been a phenomenal experience from the very first week. Beyond the basics, she taught me how to frame the debate and boil it all down to the most important principles. I learned to debate with a confidence that comes from the Lord and to continually draw my strength from Him. I have definitely seen more success as a result of working one-on-one with Mrs. Nasser than I would have otherwise. With her help, I have been awarded a slot to the 2013 National Championship in my first year of Lincoln-Douglas debate." - Mollie Masters (Nationally qualified 1st year of Lincoln Douglas debate)

Suzanne Nasser's professional, yet personalized style of debate coaching trains students to think critically about debate and the world around them. Her coaching helped my son to develop the deeper logic and philosophy of excellent argumentation. The growth I've witnessed in just one season of her coaching has been amazing!  - Melissa Warren (parent)

My debate partner and I started coaching with Mrs. Nasser at the beginning of the season for Team Policy Debate. Without her help, we would not have progressed to Nationals.  Mrs. Nasser taught us to look for the underlying ideas behind the cases we prepared against, and to develop clear, convincing arguments and strategies against each reform. A year ago, I had no idea what debate was, but because of her devoted time and teaching, we had the honor of breaking to Regionals and placing 3rd at the Regional Invitational, winning one of the nine slots that were awarded to our region for the National Championship. Mrs. Nasser encompasses the phrase “Soli Deo Gloria” in all that she does.  - Elsa Castro (Nationally qualified her 1st year of policy debate)
 
 
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