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Public Speaking Center

The Sanger Learning Center and the School of Undergraduate Studies have partnered with the UT Libraries to provide free public speaking support for all UT students.

Check in at JES 332 for free consultations, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday from 5-9 p.m.

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Our Mission

The ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively to an audience has been tied to success in the university years and beyond. Improve your speaking confidence by preparing for an upcoming speech or presentation with a speech consultant.

At the Public Speaking Center, you will spend an hour working with one of our trained consultants to tailor your message and delivery to your specific audience and occasion.

Consultants can assist you by acting as a sounding board for ideas, or by helping you prepare speaker note and visual aids. You can also rehearse your presentation and receive feedback on content along with your vocal and nonverbal delivery.

If you have an upcoming group presentation, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for you and your co-presenters.

How the Center Works

Schedule an appointment online.

If possible, choose a date well in advance of your presentation, so you have time to incorporate the feedback from your consultant and schedule a follow-up session if necessary.

hs. Syllabus Blurb for Instructors

If you would like to mention the PSC in your syllabus, you are welcome to use the following language:

“I strongly encourage you to use the services offered by the Public Speaking Center. Their mission is to help you become a better public speaker, which will help you improve your presentations in the classroom and beyond. At the Public Speaking Center, you will work with trained consultants in 60-minute sessions, in groups or individually, at any stage of the presentation process, from content generation to rehearsals. You will receive constructive feedback in a judgment-free, supportive environment. Sign up here: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/ugs/ugsdb/scheduling/speech/stu_book_appt/”

Public Speaking Anxiety

A consultation in the Public Speaking Center will certainly help make you feel more confident, but if you are feeling extremely anxious or fearful of speaking in front of others and want to seek help from a professional, visit UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center.

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