Making an Appointment
Making an Appointment
To make an appointment with a Speaking Fellow, you need to register for an account with our online scheduler. Once you register, you will have access to make appointments.
The schedule for each day opens one week in advance. For instance, if you would like to make an appointment for October 8th, you can sign up for an appointment on that day no earlier than October 1st. We advise you plan ahead when making appointments. They go quickly, so the earlier you look at the scheduler, the more options will be available.
To give you plenty of time to revise and practice your presentation, we encourage you to schedule your appointment at least 3-7 days prior to your presentation date. However, you can schedule an appointment as early as 14 days in advance, and you are welcome to make follow-up appointments.
We encourage all Barnard students to sign up for a one-on-one session or group workshop in the Speaking Center. Columbia students are welcome to participate if enrolled in a Barnard course and hoping to work on an assignment for that course.
Speaking Center: 217 Barnard Hall (not LeFrak).
When arriving for an appointment in the Speaking Center, use the south entrance on the 2nd floor of Barnard Hall (the side closest to Sulzberger Hall). Have a seat on the green couches, and your Speaking Fellow will come out to greet you at the start time of your appointment.
One-on-one and Group Sessions
You can request a one-on-one session to work on a specific presentation at any stage of its development. A Speaking Fellow can work with you on everything from major structural revisions to polishing your delivery. To reserve an appointment, sign up online.
One group member can log into their account through our online scheduler. When filling out the pre-appointment questionnaire, indicate that the appointment is for your group and continue by answering the questions according to what your group would like to accomplish.
You can bring an outline, any visual aids you plan to use, a practiced speech, or even just some ideas. Speaking Fellows can work with you at any stage in the presentation-building process; the more material you bring to your session the more you will benefit.
If you are 5 minutes late for your appointment, the Speaking Fellow will call you to confirm whether you are still coming. If you have not arrived 10 minutes after the start time of your appointment, the Speaking Fellow will mark you as a "No-Show."
You may cancel your reservation through the online scheduler up to 24 hours in advance. If you have an emergency and cannot make it to your session last-minute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Speaking Program office at 212-854-8941 immediately.
If you do not cancel within the 24-hour timeframe, you may be marked as no-show.
If you do not show up to your workshop or one-on-one OR cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will be marked in our system as a “No-Show.” If you are marked as a No-Show, you cannot make reservations in the Speaking Center for the remainder of the week, and all existing reservations in that week will be cancelled. If you are marked as a No-Show twice in one semester, you will not be able to make appointments for the remainder of the semester. We make exceptions to this policy only in emergency situations.
Online Speaking Center
Our announcement page features the same information as prior to transitioning online. (CARDS Hours will continue to be offered, but virtually).
The main difference is our cancellation policy: we will no longer disable accounts. Please note, accounts may be temporarily suspended if multiple no-shows occur.
Also note: meetings occur and are booked according to Eastern Standard Time Zones.
You can now attach documents to appointments. By doing so, you give the Fellow the opportunity to access the presentation material during the appointments. Fellows are not required or expected to read the attachment prior to an appointment in the Speaking Center.
To access your online appointment, click the appointment you made. You will be directed to a screen that requests you to join the online consultation.
You will be directed to a whiteboard that has video/audio capabilities. Your video should appear in the left side of the screen. If the video is not present, you will be able to use the chat feature, the white board, or your Fellow may suggest you use a different online platform such as Zoom or Google Hangouts.
You can import documents, highlight notes, and review what took place in the session by clicking the clock at the top right corner.
You are unable to download the notes taken from whiteboard, so be sure to copy & paste the notes before the conference is done in an email or separate document.
Frequently Asked Questions
Appointments made in the Speaking Center are 1-hour long. Almost always the Speaking Fellow and student will use the full hour allotted for each appointment. Please plan to be on time, if not a few minutes early. Similarly, do not make an appointment if you have to leave early for another commitment -- plan to put aside the full hour.
Speaking Fellows are trained to work with students at every level of ability—including those who have a lot of speaking experience. In all sessions, Speaking Fellows work with you to meet your speaking goals, which look differently for everybody.
The Speaking Fellows Program celebrates students who speak more than one language, encouraging non-native English speakers to feel at ease in the sessions. Also, we have Speaking Fellows who speak more than one language. If you have any concerns about language barriers, please indicate your concern in the pre-appointment questionnaire. Also, refer to our drop-down menu under the "limit to" resource, to see if any of the Speaking Fellows speak the language you are most comfortable with.