Visit the Speakeasy in Libe 314
The Speakeasy offers assistance with student presentations, comps talks, and even speech-related events unrelated to coursework. Groups and individuals are welcome.
Spring 2013 Hours:
- Mondays: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Shavera)
- Mondays: 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Mike)
- Mike's regular office hours are canceled on May 6
- Wednesdays: 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Shavera)
- Thursdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m. (Mike)
- Mike's regular office hours are canceled on May 9
During a typical tutoring session, and depending on your self-identified needs, your coach can assist you with the following speech and communication skills, including, but certainly not limited to:
- body language
- eye contact
- command of material
- effective use of aids (notes, PowerPoint, etc.)
Again, depending on the kind of assistance you'd like, coaches may also work with you on the content of the presentation. Many of the elements of good writing make for good speeches: substantive assistance will focus on organization, voice, clarity, and, ultimately, persuasive impact. Students will leave tutoring sessions with refined skills and greater confidence.
Shavera Seneviratne ('13, English) has been active in theatrical productions at Carleton. She also participated in numerous speech competitions and was a member of her high school debate team. She is a qualified teacher of Speech and Drama at the Wendy Whatmore Academy in Sri Lanka and has won awards for receiving the highest marks in many grades of formal examinations conducted by the Academy as well as the Trinity College of Music and Speech in London.
Mike Sobaski ('15) has extensive experience on stage and competed in the Iowa Speech Association in high school. He recently studied public policy and political communication at Georgetown University. He is a member of Carleton's sketch comedy group and occasionally writes for the Carletonian.