The Speaking Center

We encourage all Barnard students to sign up for a one-on-one session or group workshop in the Speaking Center at any time.  Columbia students are welcome to participate if enrolled in a Barnard course or with permission from their Columbia professors and TAs.

One-On-One Sessions

A one-on-one session gives you the opportunity to practice a specific presentation with the support of your own, personal Speaking Fellow.  Your Speaking Fellow can work with you on a range of skills, such as:

  • How to organize and structure your ideas
  • How to create a persuasive, well-reasoned argument
  • How to make key points in clear, precise ways
  • How to use visual aids
  • How to improve and polish your delivery

Speaking Fellows can work with you at any stage in the presentation-building process; however, the more material you bring to your session (i.e. an outline, any visual aids you plan to use, a practiced speech, or even just some ideas), the more you will benefit.

To give you plenty of time to revise and practice your presentation, we encourage you to schedule your one-on-one at least 3-7 days prior to your presentation date.  However, you can schedule a one-on-one as early as 14 days in advance, and you are welcome to make follow-up appointments.

The Speaking Center opens for the Spring 2018 semester on Tuesday, January 30th. Create an account through our online scheduler to receive updates and sign-up information this semester. The last day of Speaking Center appointments this semester is Monday, April 30th (also the last day of classes).

Group Workshops

This Spring, we are offering a series of public speaking workshops open to the Barnard/Columbia community.  We developed several concentrated, 1-2 hour workshops that draw on knowledge and activities from a variety of fields (including intersectional feminist theory, meditation, and tips from Career Development) to help you practice, improve, and experiment with your speaking style.  In all workshops, you can expect to be on your feet, trying out activities and engaging in meaningful discussions with the support of a Speaking Fellow and a small group of peer participants.

See below for a description of each workshop, which will be posted by the end of January. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.  To reserve your spot, sign up through our online scheduler.