The Speaking Center is here to help you with all of your communication needs. Our consultants can help you with your class presentation, group project, or other SI-related assignment. We can also help you prepare for interviews, produce attention-getting presentation visuals, and develop effective communication practices for interpersonal, group, public speaking, and mediated communication settings. If you are a faculty member interested in having a speaking center consultant visit your class, contact Anand Rao via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule the visit.
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Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Speaking Center is to support the objective of the Speaking Intensive Program, which in turn supports the liberal arts goals of the University of Mary Washington.
The center is committed to aiding development of oral communication skills aimed towards effectively communicating a diversity of views. Specifically, our goal is to provide individualized consultation sessions and printed, audio-visual, and web resources to assist the university community in achieving its liberal arts education goals.
The Center houses a collection of instructional resources (books, handouts, videotapes and equipment) which address a variety of topics ranging from public speaking anxiety to constructing effective visual aids. Consultants are available to videotape practice presentations and to provide feedback. The Center adheres strictly to the university’s Honor Code: consultants will not compose any portion of a presentation for a student nor will they do research for a student’s presentation. Consultants are also prepared to offer advice on special types of oral communication activities such as speeches, group presentations, debates or interviews.