The IWU'S WC Speech Lab

Oral and Multimodal Presentation Help

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The IWU Speech Lab is an adjunct of the IWU Writing Center. Writing Center tutors, who have also been trained in tutoring students in oral communication tasks, offer assistance with speeches or oral presentations and multimodal (PowerPoint, Prezi, Loom, etc.) presentations. In addition to practicing your speeches and presentations, these tutors will also give you feedback on how to make them stronger. To make an appointment, click on the button above, and select "Oral Presentations" or "Multimodal Presentations" from the "limit to" drop-down menu. 

These tutors will use many of the same strategies as Wring Center tutors. We follow the composing process, from the invention stage (analyzing the assignment, brainstorming ideas, outlining, finding resources) to the drafting stage (laying out the major points and creating cues for the oral performance) to the performance stage (rehearsing). Throughout this process tutors will follow best practices for oral delivery: speaking from notes, using extraverbal communication strategies, connecting with your audience, and enhancing projection, articulation, pace, and appropriate diction.

For rehearsing oral presentations, tutors and students can use Ames Library's One Button Studio, a user-friendly space that will record a performance to a flash drive (Windows format), for review and editing. More information about the One Button Studio is available here. To reserve the One Button Studio for a rehearsal, click here. We ask that you also reserve the studio when you sign up for an appointment. 

Please bring a printed copy of your speech/ presentation for your tutor to peruse while you present. We also request that you bring a copy of the prompt.

Oral Presentation Tutors and Their Availability on WCOnline:  

  • Megan Baker: Monday 3-5 p.m. and Tuesday 1-2:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Megan Boggs: Sunday 8-10 p.m., Wednesday 3-5 p.m., and Saturday 12-2:30 p.m.
  • Katie Cavender: Sunday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 2-4 p.m.
  • Amy Gourley: Sunday 1-3 p.m., Wednesday 3-5 p.m., and Thursday 4-5 p.m.
  • Josh Mabazza: Wednesday 4-5 p.m. and Saturday 12-1 p.m.
  • Emma Ottinger: Sunday 3-5 p.m., Monday 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday 7-9 p.m., and Saturday 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Shaela Phillips: Monday 7-10 p.m., Tuesday 8:30-10 p.m., and Wednesday 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Taylor Plantan: Wednesday 7-8:30 p.m. and Friday 1-4 p.m.
  • Isaac Rubenstein: Monday 8:30-10 p.m., Tuesday 7-10 p.m., and Thursday 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Anna Scanlon: Tuesday 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Ethan Schuller: Sunday 1-3:30 p.m., Friday 3-4 p.m., and Saturday 2:30-4 p.m.

Multimodal Presentation Tutors and their Availability on WCOnline:

Please note all times are in Central Time.