The Speaking Center

The Oberlin College Speaking Center supports students and faculty with presentations, oral communication, and useful speaking skills across the disciplines. 

Welcome to the Speaking Center sign

The Speaking Center is open! We are offering online appointments Tuesday-Friday and on Sunday as well. You can view our full schedule and sign up at WCOnline

The Speaking Center supports students in developing strong speaking and oral communication skills. We offer assistance with group presentations, honors/capstone presentations, science presentations, and more. 

Students meet one-on-one in Speaking Center sessions with a trained peer speaking associate on all parts of the presentation process. This includes: 

Beginning Stage

  • Breaking down the assignment prompt
  • Drafting an outline
  • Assisting with PowerPoint/Google Slides presentation

Presenting Stage

  • Walking through a presentation and giving feedback
  • Providing pointers on visual aids and notes
  • Sharing strategies to help mitigate speaking anxiety 

The Speaking Center also aids students who are looking to improve their speaking abilities outside of class work. Drop by the Speaking Center or schedule an online appointment to receive helpful tips for all aspects of the speaking process. 

In addition, we offer a range of workshops throughout the year on speaking in both academic and professional settings, such as conference presentations or job interviews. If you are interested in this, send an email to Cortney Smith, csmith5@oberlin.edu, for more details.

Hours

The Speaking Center is open Tuesday-Friday and Sunday for appointments. 

Location

The Speaking Center is located in the back right corner of first floor Terrell Library, in the same space as the Writing Center.

Meet the Speaking Associates!

Speaking Associates facilitate speaking workshops for various classes and hold appointments in the Speaking Center. To schedule a meeting with a Speaking Associate, visit WCOnline and select Speaking Center in the white box to the right of your name. 

Questions?

Contact:

Cortney Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor
Leo Ross, Writing Associates Program Fellow