I had my students from the Speaking Center come to my Communication Ethics class and do a workshop on group facilitation and group presentations – communication in groups. The students really got into it. It was very interactive and was very lively. The cool thing that I noticed was that afterwards, throughout the rest of the semester, not only did they use the things that were taught in the workshop, but they kept talking about it. They invoked the language that was used in the workshop and they applied the concepts to their own group work and their presentations. I thought that was very effective. I also have had numerous students in that same class (a Speaking Intensive class) go to the center to get help with their presentations. Because it’s Speaking Intensive they do a number of presentations and I can almost always tell the students who have been in and been coached against the students who have not practiced at all. There’s a very sharp difference between the two. So I think it’s clearly a very effective service for students.
–Dr. Christopher N. Poulos, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Thanks so much for coming to speak to our class! They and I really enjoyed it. You did really well and I believe the students are now much better prepared going forward.
-Bill Evans, MPH, MCHES, Assistant Head, Department of Public Health Education
Thank you so much for taking the time to come talk to my class. I really appreciated the information about how to generate a good discussion. You gave lots of helpful hints that will undoubtedly produce better presentations. I will go over the handouts with the class the next time we meet to explain the last little section we did not get to. I will definitely recommend your workshops to other 102 teachers.
–Erin, ENG 102 Faculty
Thanks for all you do to help us. Listening to approx. 300 speeches and group presentations each semester would be overwhelming without your team’s helping with some of them.
–Carol Steger, CST 105 Faculty
At the beginning of this term (for a capstone course assignment), I required the MGT 309 students to visit TSC for a walk-through of their persuasive team speech. The results were wonderful.
The students themselves told me repeatedly that they received excellent help – every team that mentioned you spoke of a helpful and enjoyable experience. I could see the impact in persuasion, in speech organization, in team synergy and in increased confidence. Wow…just wonderful.
Thanks for the support and excellent work. Count on me sending more students to you.
–Dianne Garrett, Faculty, Bryan School of Business & Economics
My [CCI 323] students are benefitting greatly from their visits to the Speaking Center. I had one student who did not fulfill this requirement, and the difference was striking.
–Maura Heyn, Department of Classical Studies
Last night’s presentation went very well and the [graduate] students thought it was a good use of class time — they just wish they’d had this in the fall.
–Susan J. Buck, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Overall MGT 309 students were pleased with their Speaking Center experience. I think all the help they can get is useful. Some students said that this was the first time they had to do an individual speech after taking CST 105 because most of the time they give team presentations, so there seems to be a need to practice more individual speeches.
–Angelika Kausche, The Bryan School of Business and Economics
Thanks so much for your presentation on outlines and speaking skills. The students were grateful to have hand-outs as points of reference as they prepare their two-part speaking presentations. I shall also encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity to practice with constructive feedback from Speaking Center consultants.
–K.Porter Aichele, Department of Art