The Speaking Studio, a service of The Writing Center, provides free, one-on-one tutoring for any member of the Washington University in St. Louis community (students, faculty, staff, and post-docs) for any public speaking project.

We can help speakers at any stage of the process from generating ideas to developing a speaking outline to planning visual aids. Speakers can also practice their presentations, with one of our trained tutors serving as their audience. Speakers are welcome to bring in any work in progress, including class assignments, conference papers and presentations for student groups.

We approach public speaking much as we approach writing – as a flexible and fluid process of drafting and revising. Often in public speaking, however, much of the revision process takes place while practicing the presentation. By listening to a practice session, our tutors can help speakers revise to clarify their ideas and better connect with their audiences.