What We Do
Working with a Speaking Coach
These sessions look different based on individual student or group needs and requests and may involve any of the following activities:
Brainstorming ideas for a presentation, speech, or visual aid
Understanding your audience and purpose
Planning an oral presentation
Structuring, developing or transitioning during a speech
Incorporating effective evidence and support in your presentation
Learning to write a speech to be heard vs. a paper to be read
Turning a paper into a speech/presentation
Learning delivery techniques for body language and voice
Rehearsing a mock presentation for feedback (recording available)
Gaining feedback on a previously recorded presentation
Developing or revising visual aids (poster, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.)
Developing strategies to reduce public speaking anxiety
Discussing general public speaking tips
Preparing for Your Visit
Your time is valuable, and so is ours! Prepare for your session so you can get the most from our services. Bring all resources necessary, especially your laptop if you plan to give a mock presentation or revise a visual aid during the session. If you are still brainstorming, jot down some thoughts and bring your rubric and assignment sheet. If you have begun the project, bring your writing or developments, including notes or a visual aid. Even if you are preparing for a mock presentation with a coach, you still might practice beforehand to ensure your session is dedicated to the most important elements of your speaking project.
Please understand that we cannot . . .
write any portion of a project
correct every error
evaluate a professor’s assignment or grade
help with course content
give feedback without your consistent participation.
Our mission is to help you with your project while facilitating a student-led session!
Equipment and Resources
During a mock presentation, the following items are available:
iPads for recording
White board, markers & eraser
Minimal tables & chairs / desks
(626) 815-6000, Ext. 3141
Make an Appointment
In WCOnline, choose “Speaking Center” from the drop-down menu.
East Campus Writing Center
Marhsburn Library, Room 134