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

We will open on September 17th for Fall 2018 consultations!

You can make an appointment via Bookeo

Our regular hours will be:

Sundays 1pm-8pm

Mondays 9am-2pm, 2:30-8pm

Tuesdays 9am-8pm

Wednesday 9am-8pm

Thursday 9am-8pm

Friday 10am-12pm

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

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

Events

We will be hosting a Persuasive Speech Workshop!

Join us October 29th from 5:30-6:45pm in 3310 of the Union!

Learn helpful strategies to master the art of persuasive speaking! 

Want to be a Peer Consultant? 

Please contact Kate Lavelle (klavelle@uwlax.edu). We hire consultants every semester. 

Please fill out the following two forms and email them to Kate Lavelle to Apply for Spring 2019: 

Peer Consultant Application Spring 2019 & Peer Consultant Information S19

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

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. Create a preparation outline and speaking outline (.pdf) (.doc)
  4. Develop supporting material
  5. Find, evaluate, and cite sources
  6. Use creative/vivid language and gender inclusive language
  7. Engage the audience
  8. Design and use visual aids
  9. Practice delivery
  10. 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

  • 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
  • Olivia 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

Library/research tutorials

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.

 

Have ideas for resources? Contact Terry Smith at tsmith@uwlax.edu
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Kali Moumblow (Lead Consultant- Recruitment Specialist)

Kali Moumblow (Lead Consultant- Recruitment Specialist)

Organizational and Professional Communication (Lead Consultant/Recruitment Specialist)

As a peer consultant, I aim to provide my fellow students with the credentials required to be a well-versed and confident public speaker.

Minor: Psychology

Quote to live by: “The fears we don’t face become our limits”

Emily Rekow (Lead Consultant- Scheduling Coordinator)

Emily Rekow (Lead Consultant- Scheduling Coordinator)

Advocacy Communication (Scheduling Coordinator)

As a peer consultant, I believe having public speaking skills can get you so far in life because so few people like to do it. But having the tips and tricks to public speaking, will get you ahead in any job you seek.

Minor: Political Science

Quote to live by: Do or do not, there is no try.

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”

Skylar Fox (Lead Consultant- Social Media Coordinator)

Skylar Fox (Lead Consultant- Social Media Coordinator)

Organizational and Professional Communication
 
As a peer consultant, my goal is not only to help you become more comfortable with public speaking but to help you create a speech that you're excited about giving! I understand that creating and delivering a speech can be difficult, so I'd love to help you in any way that I can.
 
Minor: Leadership Development 
 
Quote to live by: "Be the type of person you'd want to meet"
Olivia Tasch

Olivia Tasch

Public Health and Community Health Education

As a peer consultant, my goal is to openly listen and provide helpful feedback for students' to gain confidence in their public speaking anxieties, concerns, and questions. I want everybody to leave the Public Speaking Center with a strong belief in themselves because, to me, that is the most important aspect of public speaking. 

Minor: Organizational and Professional Communication

Quote to live by:  "Aspire to inspire before you expire" -Eugene Bell Jr.  

 
Amanda Lettner

Amanda Lettner

Interpersonal Communication

As a peer consultant, my goal is to be a resource for fellow students and help them have a positive experience when preparing and giving speeches. I aim to use my own experiences to guide others into speaking with confidence!!

Minor: Psychology

Quote to live by: "Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life" -Mark Twain

Ashley Colbert

Ashley Colbert

Organizational and Professional Communication

As a peer consultant, I am willing to help anyone and everyone to make their public speaking experience as positive as possible. 

Minor: Leadership

Quote to live by: "Don't be an idiot" - My mom

Simone Manzeck

Simone Manzeck

Advocacy Communication

As a peer consultant, I hope to further your understanding of the concepts of public speaking and work with you to feel comfortable (and hopefully enjoy) presenting in any given situation! 

Minor: Political Science and Professional Writing 

Quote to live by: "Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me." -Michael Scott 

Michael Field

Michael Field

Broadcast & Digital Media Communication

As a peer consultant, I understand that preparing for a speech takes a lot of time and effort. Coming to the Public Speaking Center is the best way to improve and gain confidence in your speech and I’ll be here to help in any way I can.

Minor: Environmental Studies

Quote to live by: “Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position but certainty is an absurd one” -Voltaire

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 
 
 
Nathan Meihak

Nathan 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
 
 
Shay Puidokas

Shay Puidokas

Organizational and Professional Communication and Marketing

As a peer consultant I aim to help my fellow students gain confidence and understanding in any aspect of communication, and I love to encourage and guide students in the right direction. My goal for the students is that they feel more comfortable and most positive after every session. 

Quote to live by: "Today is a good day to have a great day!" 

Megan Sarauer

Megan Sarauer

Interpersonal Communication

As a peer consultant I want to 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 also hope to help my peers become more comfortable and confident in their public speaking skills.

Minor: Leadership Development 

Quote to live by: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter" -Dr. Seuss

 

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: Pre-professional occupational therapy

Quote to live by: '"You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen." -Michelle Obama

Alyssa Sachs

Alyssa Sachs

Organizational and Professional Communication

As a peer consultant I know that public speaking can sometimes be scary. My goal is to help my fellow students by giving them positive feedback and listening to any concerns they may have about their speech. My hope is that you will leave the Public Speaking Center feeling confident and comfortable.

Minor: Spanish and Photography

Quote to live by: "Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire"

Alexa Thurmes

Alexa Thurmes

Economics

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: Social science concentration 

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

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: Undeclared 

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

James Legeune

James Legeune

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 

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Marketing and Organizational and Professional Communication

As a peer consultant I will do my best to assist you 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