Third, there is a time and a place to talk out disagreements with a partner. A debate round is generally not one of those times. It’s more important to cooperatively focus on a similar strategy than it is to argue with each other and focus on different parts of the debate in different crossfires and speeches. Appearing as a unified team is also important for influencing a judge’s perception of one’s professionalism, which is important for speaker points.
Overall, partners should be patient and kind to each other. However, they should also be demanding of each other. Navigating disagreements respectfully, with a goal-oriented mindset, and at the right time can help strengthen partnerships, which will ultimately translate into greater competitive success.