Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking

Liz Reyer, a contributing writer to the Hartford Courant, says in a Q&A (9/28/10) that practice is the key to being a good public speaker:  “Know your goals as a speaker,  prepare, get feedback, and practice, practice, practice! ” She says to “[s]tart by envisioning what success would look like.  If you were in the audience, what would like to see?  On the inside, how do you want to feel when you’re up in front of the room?”

Reyer notes that if confidence is an issue, strategies like visualizing yourself speaking successfully and learning pre-presentation breathing techniques can help you relax.  Since a nervous presenter makes the audience nervous, conveying yourself confidently matters as much as being organized and presenting materials at the audience’s level.  Presenting materials clearly and with good visuals also matters.  The less text on your slides, the better, and avoid reading your slides, so that you can engage with your audience.  None of this, however, replaces the substance of your presentation and your knowledge of it.   But without good form, your audience may not get the substance.

So if you want to improve your public speaking skills, pick one or two of the skills above and practice, practice, practice—out loud and in front of a mirror or friend.  And contact a Peer Advisor at for more public speaking tips.

Writing Mentor Program–Apply for one by 2/1

Want a Writing Mentor? Apply Now!

Do you want a Writing Mentor? Then apply now! Your Writing Mentor will provide one-on-one tutoring to help you with papers and written assignments over the course of the spring semester, whether you need advice about generating ideas, structuring your essay, grammar issues, or even time management. The brief application is available online and is due on Tuesday, February 1st at 5 pm.

The program is free and available for all Wesleyan students!  Email writingworks@wes or call x2440 for more information.

Application Due: Tuesday, February 1st at 5 p.m.

Application link:


Make Your Research Assignments Easier: Personal Research Sessions with a Librarian

Have you ever wondered how to get started writing a research paper or how you are supposed to find the right kind of resources that your instructor is expecting?  Does it seem to take entirely too long to find the materials you need, time you’d rather spend on all the other activities you’re involved in on campus? 

The best answer to all of these questions is to take advantage of the wide variety of library resources Wesleyan students have at their disposal.  Library resources include both the librarians who work in the library as well as the research materials themselves.  Librarians at Wesleyan are always glad to meet with students about their projects.  They are available to work with you in a variety of ways – through reference by appointment meetings called Personal Research Sessions, IM/Chat, phone, and face-to-face at the reference desk in Olin or the Science and Art branch libraries.

When you meet one-on-one with a librarian subject specialist for a Personal Research Session, for example, you will learn to find the best resources and the fastest way to get them here and elsewhere, including books and journal articles that cover the latest information about your topic.  Don’t want to leave your computer?  Rain storm outside?  Click on the Reference Live Help link on the library home page and IM a librarian.  Looking for ways just to get started?  Try the library’s subject and research guides.  All these resources are located in the red “Help” section of the library home page,  And as always, you can come to the reference desk on the main floor of Olin.   The reference desk in Olin is staffed more than 45 hours a week, including evenings.  Take advantage of it!

A+ Series Workshop: Exam Prep!

Exam Preparation: Learn how to break down your semester and use organization and study strategies so that you can effectively prepare for your exams. We will review ways of practicing test-taking for different exam formats.

Monday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m. in the Butt C Lounge with Alyssa Bogdanow ‘11.

A+ Workshop Series

This Sunday and Monday, take advantage of the following workshops to improve your academic skills, get the most out of your readings and classes, and perform to your highest ability!

Note Taking:  How to take notes and use them effectively.  Sunday, September  19 – 7-8 p.m., Fauver Lounge

Reading Retention:  Strategies for improving focus and recall.  Sunday, September 19 – 7-8 p.m., Butt C Lounge

 Time Management:  How to organize and prioritize work.  Monday, September 20 – 9:30-10:30 p.m., Clark Lounge

Writing Workshop and Writing Mentor Program

THE WRITING WORKSHOP:  Now Open for both Drop-in Hours and Appointments!

You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of an essay, or review a professor’s comment on completed work.

MONDAY-THURSDAY: 1-4 PM @ Shapiro Writing Center (Room 306)

SUNDAY-THURSDAY: 7-11 PM @ Shapiro Writing Center (Room 306),Olin Library (Room 106), and Exley Science Library (Room 77)

For appointments: Click on “Writing Workshop” in your E-Portfolio


Writing mentors provide one-on-one tutoring to help you on every paper you write, meeting with you over the course of a semester when and where you choose

APPLY NOW! @  The application deadline is Monday, September 20 at 5 p.m.

Both programs are free and available for all Wesleyan students!

E-mail or call x2440 for more information


Time Management Workshop — Today at noon!

With exams and end-of-the-semester papers and projects rapidly approaching, managing your time well is more important than ever. This workshop will help you begin to organize your time and prioritize your academic and co-curricular activities so that you can finish the semester stress-free.

When:  Today, March 30, 12 noon – 1 pm
Where:  Usdan 108 (Taylor Room)