We support student success by providing quality peer consulting on oral presentations.

Peer consultants aid students with:

  • Topic selection
  • Preparation and presentation outlines
  • Content development
  • Delivery
  • Presentational aids
  • Managing speaking anxiety
  • Increasing confidence in public speaking 

Public Speaking Center - Hours and Appointments

You can make an appointment via Bookeo

Our regular hours are: 

Sundays 2pm-9pm

Mondays 8am-9pm

Tuesdays 8am-3pm; 3:30-9:00pm

Wednesdays 8am-9pm

Thursdays 8:30am-9pm

Fridays 8-9:30am; 10am-1pm

We have drop in hours on Thursdays from 8:30-9:30am & 2-3pm.

We are located in Murphy 251 (within the Murphy Learning Center).

Please read the frequently asked questions before coming to your appointment.

Events

Public Speaking Outlining Workshop on October 9th - Centennial Hall Room 3310 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Assistance in transforming preparation outlines into speaking outlines, strategies for affective speaking outlines, and the opportunity to work on your speaking outline. 

Want to be a Peer Consultant? 

Please contact Kate Lavelle (klavelle@uwlax.edu). 

Additional Resources

If you didn't get a chance to leave feedback during your consultation, we welcome it. 

The Murphy Learning Center offers free tutoring in a variety of subject areas. 


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.

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Contact

Contact Kate Lavelle, Public Speaking Center Director, at klavelle@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6698 for questions, ideas, and feedback.

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Who comes to the Center and why?  

Students from all majors can use the Public Speaking Center. Trained peer consultants will help any UWL student. We offer assistance with:   

  • Topic selection 
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  • Content development
  • Organizing ideas 
  • Preparation outlines 
  • Persuasive Presentations
  • Informative Presentations
  • Group Presentations
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  • 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?  

  • A copy of your course syllabus
  • Assignment directions and rubric
  • Any notes or drafts

What will happen at the beginning of my appointment?  

The peer tutor will ask a few questions to work with you, including:

  • The assignment you want to work on
  • Your instructor's name
  • The course where the assignment is from
  • Your goal for the 30 minute session (what part of the assignment do you want to work on)

How long do appointments last?  

  • Appointments are 30 minutes
  • If you need additional help, you can schedule a follow up appointment

What is a drop in session?  

  • Drop-in sessions are designed to help clients receive quick information and feedback on short aspects of the speech process, such as: 
    • A small section of a speech draft or outline (such as one main point) 
    • Quick APA reference or oral citation questions 
    • Quick brainstorming session (how to get started on a topic) 
    • Other short questions 
    • Drop in sessions will be 10 minutes or less in length 
    • In a drop-in session, we cannot 
      • Listen or evaluate full length speeches 
      • Review full outline or reference sheets 
      • Provide detailed feedback on speech materials 
      • Drop-in sessions are ineligible for proof of consultation for instructors
    • In your drop-in session, the peer tutor may suggest that you continue your tutoring session with an appointment in the PSC. Your tutor can help you set up a session via Bookeo. 
    • Drop in sessions are on Thursdays from 8:30-9:30am and 2-3pm

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?  

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Tony Docan-Morgan and undergraduate student Lindsay Swiggum piloted the Center and found student and instructor interest and need. During the 2013-2014 academic year, we received a permanent home in the Murphy Learning Center, hired 11 peer consultants, provided over 500 student consultations, and hosted six workshops on topics ranging from managing public speaking anxiety, extemporaneous delivery, using creative and vivid language, and using PowerPoint. During 2014-2015, our training program was certified by the National Association of Communication Centers, we had over 1,200 student consultations, and we created and hosted the Public Speaking Competition. During 2015-2016, we had over 1,500 student consultations and delivered 40 public speaking workshops on campus. We’re excited about serving all UWL students and look forward to continued growth and usage. 
 
We've received grants from the College of Liberal Studies (CLS) Small Grant,  CLS Technology Grant, and CATL Faculty Development Grant. 

See our 2012-2015 and 2015-2016 reports for additional information regarding our growth, outreach, assessments, and goals. 

Who supports the Public Speaking Center?  

The Public Speaking Center, including: 

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Public Speaking Basics (click links below)

  1. Select and narrow your topic
  2. Analyze your audience
  3. Sample presentational outline
  4. Tips for presentational outlines
  5. Develop supporting material
  6. Find, evaluate, and cite sources
  7. Use creative/vivid language and gender inclusive language
  8. Engage the audience
  9. Design and use visual aids
  10. Practice delivery
  11. Manage speaking anxiety

Informative Speaking - Resources and Examples

  • Austin MacKenzie's purpose was to inform the audience about spray paint art and to teach them how to create an original piece of spray art. Files: Speech videopreparation outline

Persuasive Speaking - Resources and Examples

Library/research tutorials


Have ideas for resources? Contact Kate Lavelle at klavelle@uwlax.edu 
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Josie Olson (Lead Consultant - Scheduling Coordinator)

Josie Olson (Lead Consultant - Scheduling Coordinator)

Biology, Pre-Physician Assistant

As a peer consultant, I believe that communication plays such a crucial role in every aspect of life, which is why I strive to give my fellow students helpful feedback so that they can feel more comfortable and confident with public speaking. My goal is to shine a light on each speaker’s strengths but also help them acknowledge their weaknesses so that they can reach their full potential.

Minor: Spanish

Quote to live by: “Happiness is a mindset”

Specialty Area: Sciences, persuasive speaking 

Sabrina Ruffalo (Lead Consultant - Social Media Coordinator)

Sabrina Ruffalo (Lead Consultant - Social Media Coordinator)

Interpersonal Communication

As a peer consultant, my goal is to help others feel more comfortable in all public speaking aspects and confident when doing so. Public speaking is an important skill to possess in various aspects of your life and I hope to help other's find their potential when practicing their speaking abilities! 

Minor: Anthropology 

Quote to live by: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou 

Specialty Area: Topic idea development and APA citations

 

Alexa Thurmes (Lead Consultant - Human Resources Director)

Alexa Thurmes (Lead Consultant - Human Resources Director)

Economics and Business Management

As a peer consultant, I believe that both confidence & skill are essential for effective public speaking. My goal is to build a foundation for my fellow students and help them become comfortable with public speaking, in order to build their best speech possible. 

Minor: International Business

Quote to live by: "Throw kindness around like confetti" -Bob Goff 

Specialty Area: Business presentations

James Lejeune (Lead Consultant - Hiring)

James Lejeune (Lead Consultant - Hiring)

Finance and Economics

As a peer consultant, I strive to give other the skills necessary to help them to achieve success in the areas that require presenting. My goal is to provide students with a constructive environment in which they can feel comfortable and confident in themselves and their ability. 

Minor: Unknown 

Quote to live by: "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do" -Steve Jobs 

Rebecca Kohlmeyer

Rebecca Kohlmeyer

Public Communication & Advocacy

As a peer consultant, my goal is to make you feel comfortable with any part of the speech writing process. I hope to help you become a confident speaker not only in the classroom, but in the real world as well. I think everyone has the potential to be a captivating speaker, and I want to help you realize that as well!

Minor: Legal Studies

Quote to live by: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

Specialty Area: While I feel confident in my ability to help students in almost all areas surrounding public speaking, I love to help students who may have prior public speaking experience and would like to be pushed to a point they didn’t know existed for themselves!

 

Megan Sarauer

Megan Sarauer

Interpersonal Communication

As a peer consultant, I want to be able to give back and help my peers. Public speaking can be difficult and scary at times, but with a little help and guidance, it is not half bad.  I hope to help my peers become more comfortable and confident in their public speaking skills.

Minor: Leadership Development & Organizational/Professional Communication

Quote to live by: "Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act.  Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people." - Arthur Forman

Specialty Area: Developing transition sentences and brainstorming topic ideas

Julia Koenitzer

Julia Koenitzer

Communication Studies
As a peer consultant, I will strive to help you in any way possible, whether you need help finding a topic to delivering your speech. I know that to most people public speaking can be scary, but with some practice and guidance, even you can present your speech like a pro. My goal is to create a welcoming environment where helpful feedback and information is given so you can reach your full potential and grow more confident with your public speaking skills.
 
Minor: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
 
Quote to live by:  "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world." – Buddha
 
Specialty Area: Persuasive and Informative speech outlines 
Kyra Neuser

Kyra Neuser

Therapeutic Recreation

As a peer consultant, I hope to instill a sense of confidence in my fellow peers who may not be comfortable with public speaking and to give them the tools to succeed in something that is outside of their comfort zone. Everyone deserves to enjoy the feeling of acing a well-prepared, eloquent speech and I strive to do everything in my power to help fellow students achieve that feeling.

Minor: Psychology & pre-professional occupational therapy

Quote to live by: "Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives." - Michelle Obama

Specialty Area: Anything related to therapeutic fields (recreational therapy, occupational therapy, etc. Basic sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology

Jackie Zimmerman

Jackie Zimmerman

Public and Community Health Education

As a peer consultant, I want to help ease my peer’s anxiety about public speaking and allow them to feel confident and prepared when it comes time for their presentations! I strive to make your experience visiting the PSC the best it possibly can be. I am also a Public and Community Health Education major so if you have a presentation regarding a health topic I'd love to work with you on finding a topic, research for that topic, and/or the execution of your speech. 

Minor: Healthcare Analytics Management 

Quote to live by: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Psychology and Communication Studies

As a peer consultant, I will do my best to assist you with anything from brainstorming a topic to the preparation of the presentation the night before it's due.  When I took CST 110, I was very worried about having to give a speech, but I visited the Public Speaking Center so often that I became confident in my public speaking abilities.  In fact, CST 110 is the class that made me realize I wanted to major in Communications.   

Quote to live by: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

Specialty Area: Psychology presentations or Communication speeches

Nate Meihak

Nate Meihak

Broadcast & Digital Media
As a peer consultant, I believe public speaking is a valuable skill to have in life and in furthering our careers. I hope to provide my fellow students the opportunity to improve their speeches and feel more comfortable with public speaking in general. My goal is to guide students through any step of the speaking process from speech writing to the presentation itself! I want people to leave each meeting feeling more confident in their speech and in their own skills!
 
Minor: Sports Broadcast
 
Quote to live by: “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” – Dwight Schrute
 
 
Josh Koenecke

Josh Koenecke

Interpersonal Communication

As a peer consultant, I am here to help you become more comfortable with writing, presenting, or anything else related to speaking at all. Speaking isn't such a horrible thing, and I can help you start to think that too!

Quote to live by: "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." - Douglas Adams

Specialty Area:  Interpersonal topics, generating speech ideas, and helping with the general delivery and flow of a presentation.

Holly Korfmacher

Holly Korfmacher

Psychology and Communication Studies

 As a peer consultant, I want to help other students feel comfortable and confident in presenting speeches in class. 

Quote to live by: Live happy, pure, and bliss.

Specialty Area: I feel confident in assisting with outlines, considering I was just a freshman last year and excelled in outlines

Savannah Rygiewicz

Savannah Rygiewicz

Public Health

As a peer consultant, my goal is to give students the proper knowledge and skills in regard to public speaking so that they feel more comfortable communicating in all areas of life whether that be for presentations, speeches, interviews or simply talking with a professor/classmate.

Minor: Pre-PA Track

Quote to Live By: “Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.”

Specialty Area: I feel comfortable assisting students with persuasive speeches in particular, as well as science-related presentations due to my Pre-PA track and my knowledge from those courses. 

 

Natalie Sims

Natalie Sims

Organizational and Professional Communication

As a peer consultant, I want to help students gain confidence in their abilities to speak in front of others. I understand that it can be intimidating to be in front of others, however, I believe anyone is capable of this skill and I would love to work with students on any concern they have around public speaking. The Public Speaking Center is a welcoming place to work towards any goals students want to work towards!

Quote to live by: “Do What You Can With All You Have, Wherever You Are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Specialty Area: Working on developing ways for each person, individually, to become one step more comfortable in getting up in front of others. Public speaking concerns are different for everyone and I enjoy catering skills to each person's needs.

Jane Cimperman

Jane Cimperman

Organizational and Professional Communication Studies

As a peer consultant, my goal is to provide a welcoming environment to help students grow more confident with their public speaking abilities along with providing them with information to lead them to success.

Minor: Photography

Quote to live by: "Live and let live."

Specialty Area: Organization of topic ideas and transitions 

Shay Puidokas

Shay Puidokas

Organizational and Professional Communication Studies

As a peer consultant, is to help assist you in any way that I can and make you feel comfortable and confident asking any questions you have! Before leaving the Public Speaking Center, my hope is that you leave confident in your abilities and more knowledgeable of the class material. 

Minor: Leadership Development

Quote to live by: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" -Lao Tzu 

Specialty Area: Outlines, APA formatting, or any additional questions for all levels of CST speeches. 

Tyler Sidders

Physical Education

As a peer consultant, I hope to help individuals better understand effective methods in speech communication. 

Minor: Interpersonal Communication

Quote to live by: "Life is too important to be taken seriously." Oscar Wilde

Specialty Area: "Anything in relation to the exercise sport science major, as I feel I have extended knowledge in that area. I feel confident in assisting with persuasive speeches.

 

 

Grant Latus

Musical Theatre

As a peer consultant, I am to give students the knowledge and tools to succeed and feel confident in their speaking and communicating abilities. 

Minor: Leadership Development

Quote to live by: “Leave people better than you found them” -Marvin J. Ashton

Specialty Area: Delivery and critiquing the way someone is bringing a compelling topic to an audience. Most notably, speaking with a conviction that is most helpful in persuasive speaking.

Ryan Giannoni

Ryan Giannoni

Broadcast & Digital Media

As a peer consultant, I take this great opportunity to help others peers of mine become more comfortable with public speaking, formatting, and prepping. I like helping others and will do my best to answer any and all questions to the best of my ability.

Minor: Sports Broadcasting