Speaking Center

May 15, 2020 Update


The Speaking Center is now taking online appointments for summer.

Starting May 18th, assistance is available for your summer class presentations. You can schedule an appointment through EAB by clicking “Schedule an Appointment” on the left of this page. There you will learn about what types of appointments are available, how to participate in an online consultation, and what to do if you do not have high-speed internet access. Rest assured that your consultant will contact you with a Zoom.us link and instructions for your consultation. Please call or email if you are experiencing difficulties.


(540) 654-1347

SPKC Director, Anand Rao arao@umw.edu


SPKC abbreviated hours for Summer 2020:

Monday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Below are several newly-created resources

to assist both students and faculty during this period of online learning.


For Faculty

Faculty can find demo videos and a copy of the “Moving Oral Comm Assignments Online” on the Using Video for Student Presentations page under Faculty Resources.

Faculty can also find suggestions for SI assignments while remote teaching, along with instructions about how to find student reports of consultations on EAB on the Faculty Resources page.


Online Speech Videos

In quick preparation for our move online, the UMW Speaking Center consultants produced these two very helpful videos for students on what (not) to do when you have to present online. Enjoy!

How to present online: 


What NOT to do when you have to present online: https://youtu.be/JVnCbQqrZ6g

Using Zoom to Give (and Record) an Online Presentation – thanks to Speaking Center consultant Maya Jenkins for her help in preparing this handout that offers advice and guidance on how to use Zoom to give your online presentation.

How to upload a video to YouTube as unlisted – demo for students – this is from a faculty workshop with a demo on how to upload a video to YouTube

How to upload a video to YouTube from an iPhone – demo for students – from the same faculty workshop



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.


Follow us on:

Facebook – @umwspkc     /     Twitter – @UMWSPKC     /     Instagram  – @umwspeakingcenter

If you are a faculty member interested in having a speaking center consultant visit your class, contact Anand Rao via email (arao@umw.edu) to schedule the visit.

    •   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.