Second, debaters should eat. This may sound obvious, but debaters who are nervous sometimes skip meals. This is not a good idea. Maintaining focus becomes difficult when a debater is hungry. Even if a debater does not feel hungry during lunch time, it is better to eat when there is time in the tournament schedule. Preparing some snacks to eat throughout the day can also help.
Third, debaters should make sure to drink water throughout the day. Speaking loudly and confidently can make a debater’s mouth and throat dry. If a debater doesn’t consistently drink water this can hurt their speaking ability and give them a persistent cough. Staying hydrated is also important for keeping energy levels high.