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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

  • Projector

  • 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