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

During the Fall and Spring semesters, you can make an appointment via Bookeo

Staring May 30th, we will be open for Summer 1 during the following times:

May 30th 12:30-2pm

June 4th & 6th 12:30-3pm

June 10th 1-3:30pm

June 11th 12:30-3pm

June 17th 1-3:30pm

June 18th 12:30-3pm

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

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

Events

Check out 2 of our peer consultants, Nate and Ryan, talking about the PSC on our campus TV station! Their segment runs from 9:44-11:44 in the clip below! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2EyYd1dklA

 

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 
  • Audience analysis logo
  • 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. 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

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 Kate Lavelle at klavelle@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”

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.  

 
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
 
 
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 Lejeune

James Lejeune

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

Grace Augustin

Grace Augustin

Hudson, WI
Communication with Public Communication & Advocacy Emphasis

As a peer consultant, I hope to help students change their attitude about public speaking and help them gain confidence in their speaking abilities.

Minor: Spanish 

Quote to Live By: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." -T.S Eliot 

Sabrina Ruffalo

Sabrina Ruffalo

Racine, WI
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 

 

Josh Koenecke

Josh Koenecke

Communication Studies with Media Studies Emphasis

 As a peer consultant, I want to show how speaking can be made into something that isn’t a chore and isn’t as scary as death. I want to help you become a better speaker, and to help you become more confident through your speaking abilities.

Quote to live by: "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."- Douglas Adams

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: “The glory is in the process.” Tyler Oakley

Julia Koenitzer

Julia Koenitzer

Undeclared
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 grown more confident with your public speaking skill.  
 
Minor: Undeclared 
 
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