Prepare Before You Come

Here is a list of things you either need to know or do to derive as much benefit from your appointment as possible.

Prior to appointment email (if you do not have an electronic version then bring a hard copy to the scheduled meeting) according to where you are in the preparation process:

  • Your assignment requirements.
  • Additional related materials provided by your instructor (e.g. rubric, samples).
  • Working or complete/full sentence outline of your presentation or speech.
  • Presentation outline to work on delivery.
  • Presentational (e.g. visual) aid.

When scheduling your appointment please include dates and times that work for you, and a speech assistant will contact you within 24 hours. Appointments last from 20 minutes to 60 minutes depending on your goals for the session. Remember:

  • Come prepared for the meeting in accordance with where you are in the process.
  • Appointment generally last thirty minutes.
  • Assistants need ample notice to set up appointments.

As you progress through your college career remember, as Duarte states, “The future isn’t just a place you’ll go; it’s a place you will invent. Your ability to shape your future depends on how well you communicate where you want to be when you get there.” Make sure that you are doing all you can to ensure that the future you invent is the one that you desire by enhancing your public speaking and presentation skills –communication- today through the help of a Speech and Presentation Assistant.

For more information, call the Learning Commons at 503.943.8002. To learn more about other opportunities to improve your public speaking, call the Communication Department at 503.943.7229.

Bust of Cicero

Cicero, De Oratore

"There is to my mind no more excellent thing that the powers, by means of oratory, to get a hold on assemblies of [the people], win their good will, direct their inclinations…. Who therefore would not rightly admire this faculty, and deem it [their] duty to exert [themselves] to the utmost in this field."

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