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Students Find Their Voice at Public Speaking Center

Since spring 2016, the Public Speaking Center (PSC) has served as a valuable resource for UT students seeking to develop and hone their public presentation and speaking skills. Survey data indicates that 98% of students who visit the center would recommend it to their peers, and faculty members partnering with the PSC report that students who use the center earn a full letter grade higher than the class average.

The Public Speaking Center’s speech consultants are undergraduate and graduate students with extensive public speaking experience who are able to give students effective feedback and constructive criticism. “I believe that peer to peer contact is the best way to practice a presentation,” says graduate assistant and speech consultant Elif Yucel. “Especially if you’re going to be speaking in front of your fellow students. Getting another set of eyes and ears on your presentation will benefit you.”

“The Public Speaking Center is a hidden treasure here at UT,” says speech consultant Jordan Rickaway. “You can also use it for extracurriculars, if you’re running for student government, as well as if you’re giving an in-class presentation. If it involves interpersonal communication, we can help!”

Located on the ground level of the Perry Castaneda Library, the Public Speaking Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Students can schedule an appointment through MyUGS.

a student practices a presentation at the Public Speaking Center