The Speaking Center

The Speaking Center offers free and personalized public speaking assistance to any student or group at any stage in the presentation preparation process and at any experience level.

The Speaking Center is now open for the Spring 2023 semester. Use the link below to schedule a one-on-one consultation or to browse our workshop calendar!

What We Offer

  • One-on-one speaking consultations with a trained Speaking Consultant.
  • Presentation and speaking workshops covering a variety of speaking skills.
  • Language conversation sessions.

Visit Us

  • Schedule a consultation time using our calendar. Appointments are available in-person during Speaking Center hours. Scheduling a speaking consultation early is strongly recommended since it allows for time to edit and practice speeches and presentations. Consultations take place in Study Room 8 of the Main Library’s Orange Room.
  • View and register for upcoming workshops and language conversation sessions by viewing our upcoming events. This is a constantly evolving calendar, so make sure to check back for new events to attend!
  • Want more information on our services or to schedule a classroom visit? Email us at speakingcenter@library.illinois.edu.

Meet Our Speaking Center Staff

Speaking Center Lead: Wallace Golding
Wallace Golding is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication, an award-winning instructor, and lead consultant at the Speaking Center, of which he is one of the founders. Wallace has taught courses in public speaking, debate, rhetorical theory, and persuasion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois.

Undergraduate Consultant: Lina A.
Lina is a pre-med undergraduate studying cognitive neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. She has participated in policy debate for 4 years, winning several speaking and team awards. Lina hopes to share the joy of crafting and performing speeches with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs coming soon!