Ferguson Center for Public Speaking

Speaking Center Tutors

Cat got your tongue?
Concerned about an upcoming oral presentation, debate, briefing, or interview? Baffled at the prospect of an oral exam? Does the thought of speaking before a group make your stomach churn? Eager to present your honors project but unsure of how to organize your material? Need help preparing to share your paper at a professional conference?


We have ways of making you talk.
Contrary to popular belief, effective public speakers are not "natural-born speakers." Public speaking, like any other skill, can be mastered through proper training, thorough preparation and sufficient practice. The consultants in the Ferguson Center, located in the Bortz Library, are available to assist you with the planning and presentation of your oral project. The Center is open to all students in all courses at all levels at the College. Faculty and staff members are also welcome.

Services at the Ferguson Center include assistance with a range of oral skills, such as narrowing the topic, adapting to the rhetorical situation, coping with speaking anxiety, and improving both verbal and non-verbal delivery. An instructional Videotape Series is available for students who wish additional help outside of the Center.

Tools for Public Speaking Success

For Students. Need help dealing with speaking anxiety, preparing presentations, or working in a group? Check out these tips.

For Faculty. Find bright ideas to enhance student learning by incorporating oral communication activities in the classroom.

Rhetoric 210 is an excellent course for students in all majors who want to sharpen their public speaking skills. Rhetoric 310 offers preparation with advanced skills.

Resources. Need additional offsite Oral Communication information? Connect here!

Speaking Center Tutoring Schedule

Contact The Ferguson Center for Public Speaking:
Dr. Claire Deal
Elliott Professor of Rhetoric
Director of the Ferguson Center
Morton Hall, 114
(434) 223-6988

Dr. Nick Nace
Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric 
Morton Hall, 003
(434) 223-6245