Public Speaking Center
The Public Speaking Center supports student success by providing quality peer-to-peer consulting for all UWL students seeking assistance on oral presentations. Peer consultants aid students with topic selection, outlines, content development, delivery, audio-visual aids, managing speaking anxiety, and increasing confidence.
Public Speaking Center - Hours and Appointments
The Public Speaking Center is closed for the summer. We will reopen Fall 2016.
We are located in Murphy 251 (within the Murphy Learning Center). We recommend seeing a peer consultant at least one week before your assignment is due. To make an appointment, CLICK HERE. Appointments are recommended. Drop-ins are welcome if a peer consultant is available. Read the frequently asked questions before coming to your appointment.
Peruse our 2015-2016 Yearly Report for information regarding our growth, outreach, assessments, and goals.
The Public Speaking Center at UWL is one of fifteen communication centers in the United States that has a training program certified by the National Association of Communication Centers.
Who comes to the Center and why?
Students from all majors can use the Public Speaking Center. Trained, undergraduate peer consultants will help any UWL student. If your goal as a speaker is to inform or persuade an audience, we can help. We offer assistance with:
- Topic selection
- Audience analysis
- Content development
- Organizing ideas
- Preparation outlines
- Delivery outlines and speaking notes
- Delivery (hand and facial gestures, vocal tone)
- Audio-visual aids
- Managing speaking anxiety
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring a copy of your course syllabus, assignment directions and rubric, and any notes or drafts. Feel free to bring in electronic versions of your work as well.
What will happen at the beginning of my appointment?
At the beginning of your appointment, a peer consultant will ask you to complete an assessment form in order to learn more about you, your assignment, and needs. Please be ready to explain what you would like to get out of the appointment.
How long do appointments last?
Appointments are generally scheduled for 30 minutes. However, they can be shorter or longer depending on your needs. Feel free to visit the Public Speaking Center multiple times for a single assignment.
Can I practice my presentation and receive feedback?
Yes! A peer consultant can watch you practice and provide feedback on your delivery and/or content. The Public Speaking Center is equipped with a laptop, a large monitor for practicing with visual aids (i.e., PowerPoint), and video camera if you would like your practice session taped.
Can I receive feedback on my content and organization?
Yes! A peer consultant can provide feedback on content development, outlines, and organization of ideas.
Will coming to the Center increase my grade?
Our goal is to help you be as successful as possible for your presentations. Most students who meet with a peer consultant during a 30-minute appointment leave with approximately five specific suggestions for improvement. Receiving feedback from a peer consultant is just one step in preparing a presentation. Students should recognize that they are ultimately responsible for their performance on their assignments, and that the feedback they receive may or may not affect their grade positively or negatively. Please also note that the Center will not:
- Write speeches for students.
- Guarantee a perfectly composed and/or delivered presentation.
- Guess (or second guess) grades.
What is the history of the Public Speaking Center?
Who supports the Public Speaking Center?
How do I apply to be a peer consultant at the Public Speaking Center?
Public Speaking Basics (click links below)
- Select and narrow your topic
- Analyze your audience
- Create a preparation outline and speaking outline (.pdf) (.doc)
- Develop supporting material
- Find, evaluate, and cite sources
- Use creative/vivid language and gender inclusive language
- Engage the audience
- Design and use visual aids
- Practice delivery
- Manage speaking anxiety
Informative Speaking - Resources and Examples
Persuasive Speaking - Resources and Examples
- Cara Henney's purpose was to persuade the audience to help protect Wisconsin waterways from harmful pollutants. Cara won the 2014-2015 Public Speaking Competition. Files: Speech video, preparation outline, speaking outline, PowerPoint slides
- Carly Ferguson's purpose was to persuade her audience to eat healthier. Carly was a Top 5 Speaker in the 2014-2015 Public Speaking Competition. Files: Speech video, preparation outline, PowerPoint slides
- Samantha Mueller's purpose was to persuade the audience to no longer ignore domestic violence. Samantha was a Top 5 Speaker in the 2014-2015 Public Speaking Competition. Files: Speech video, PowerPoint slides
- Adria Braley's purpose was to persuade the audience to stand up to hate incidents against the LGTBQ community. Adria was a Top 5 Speaker in the 2014-2015 Public Speaking Competition. Files: Speech video, speech manuscript, PowerPoint slides
- Allison Shaver's purpose was to persuade college students to volunteer for the La Crosse YMCA Teen Center. Allison was a Top 5 Speaker in the 2014-2015 Public Speaking Competition. Files: Speech video, preparation outline, PowerPoint slides
- Charlotte Plehn's purpose was to persuade the audience to support physician assisted death choices. Charlotte won the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File:Speech video
- Megan Graham's purpose was to persuade the audience to support music in our schools. Megan was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File:Speech video
- Oliva Tasch's purpose was to persuade the audience to donate blood. Olivia was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File: Speech video
- Rachel Bernard's purpose was to persuade and motivate the audience to take action in fighting illiteracy. Rachel was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File: Speech video
- Carly Boles's purpose was to persuade the audience to take a stand against trophy hunting of lions. Carly was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File: Speech video
- Cassie Wessing's purpose was to persuade the audience to reduce the amount of time they spend on social media. Cassie was a finalist in the 2015-2016 Public Speaking Competition. File: Speech video
- A UW-Madison student's purpose was to persuade the audience to volunteer for the Special Olympics. Files: Speech video, preparation outline
- Tutorial for using Search@UW
- Tutorial for finding articles
- Tutorial for evaluating sources
- Tutorial for citing sources
- Tutorial for avoiding plagiarism
For additional help and questions regarding library resources and research, contact one of the UWL instructional librarians listed below. Both work closely with students in CST 110.
- Katie Fox - (608) 785-8398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liz Humrickhouse-Lee - (608) 785-8738 or email@example.com