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.
Winter 2014 Hours:
- Sundays: 7-9 p.m. (Mike)
- Tuesdays: 7-9 p.m. (Mike)--these times not available 7th week
- Tuesdays: 9-11 p.m. (Diana)
- Thursdays: 9-11 p.m. (Diana)
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.
Diana Fraser (’14) competed in Declamation and Original Oratory on her high school speech team for five years. She qualified for and competed in national tournaments during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years and was ranked nationally during the latter. She also participated in Model UN conferences for three years of high school and trained teammates on public speaking techniques.
Mike Sobaski ('15) competed in the Iowa Speech Association in high school and recently studied public policy and political communication at Georgetown University. In addition to helping students improve their presentations and public speaking skills, Mike is a member of the Carleton sketch comedy group, Lenny Dee. He also brings his interest in public speaking to the Carleton Career Center, where he helps students prepare for interviews and find embarrassing typos on resumes.