The Speaking Fellows are specially trained Barnard students who work with speaking-intensive courses and other academically centered programs, helping students improve their presentation and class discussion skills. The program requires Speaking Fellows to be among Barnard’s best public speakers, and to have strong leadership and teaching abilities. We aim to cultivate and empower the speaking culture at Barnard by teaching students to be reflective about what they say and how they say it.
Sign up for Group Workshops
Public Speaking and the Intellectual Voice is a series of public speaking workshops open to the Barnard/Columbia community. We recently developed several concentrated, 1-hour workshops that draw on knowledge and activities from a variety of fields (including feminist theory, debate, negotiation strategies, even improvisation) to help you practice, improve, and experiment with your speaking.
See below for this month's latest workshops. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. To reserve your spot, use our online scheduler.
Facilitating Effective Discussions
Wednesday, 4/22 | 5-6:30PM in BAR 205
In this workshop, you will practice facilitating a thoughtful seminar discussion to develop and structure your peers' contributions in class. By participating in and leading mock discussions on select topics, you will learn how to effectively elicit and respond to your classmates' ideas; challenge those ideas in productive, critical ways; and guide the overarching discussion to cultivate your responsibility as facilitator.
Crafting an Effective Presentation
Thursday, 4/23 | 4:30-6PM in BAR 407
This workshop guides you through the presentation-building process, from the generation of ideas to your delivery. These skills can be applied to a range of contexts, such as presenting a research project or senior thesis, giving a speech for a special event, expressing your opinion on a reading for class, or even creating a short personal statement to have ready for a potential employer. In a supportive, peer environment, you can feel comfortable experimenting with your speaking style, building the confidence to become a persuasive, dynamic speaker.
Learn about the Speaking Fellows' Annual Cicero Speech Contest (held earlier this Fall) from a Speaking Fellow's perspective.
Watch this short video to learn more about what the Speaking Fellows do:
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What students say:
“I definitely feel so much more confident in my public speaking skills.”
“The Fellow was insightful, engaging, and fun. She made the two hours fly by.”
“I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Even though I consider myself a good speaker, I definitely learned a lot.”