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Public Speaking Center

Two locations:


Our original location is in the Communications Building next to Circle Park and Neyland Stadium. Once inside the building, the center is in room 260 on the second floor of the building.

Hodges 220G

Located in the center of Hodges Library, this satellite location offers many of the same services available in COM260 with the convenience of being walking distance from numerous other student services (and Starbucks)!

Get public speaking help anytime! Visit TOPS (Tennessee Online Public Speaking Center).

Services at a glance:

  • Digitally recording your presentations/speeches.
  • Immediate presentation assessments from Communications Studies Lecturers. Constructive feedback on areas including; verbal/nonverbal delivery, transitions, pauses, and much more!
  • Assistance with group presentation delivery.
  • Evaluation and assistance with visual aids (PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Assistance with presentation organization, preparation, and meeting specific guidelines practicing your impromptu speaking skills.
  • Support in managing public speaking anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Public Speaking Center (PSC) do?

We help UTK students with public speaking/basic communication skills and assignments from the CMST 210 and 240 courses.

What happens in a session at the PSC?
Students will meet with lecturers to work on their public speaking skills. While focus is typically on assignments for the CMST 210 and 240 courses, we are happy to assist students in preparation for public speaking assignments and presentations for other contexts.

Do I have to pay for assistance?
Not at all.

I’m a UTK student not currently in a 210/240 course. Could I still receive assistance from the PSC?

Are you like the writing center at UTK?
Yes, we are very similar in some ways! We provide help to students inside of 210 (basic public speaking) and 240 (business/professional communication) with their assignments much like the writing center does for students in English classes.

(Our library location is also next to the writing center.)

Can I just stop by and get help at any time?
No, the PSC is only open during scheduled hours and online by appointment.

How can I set an appointment?

Contact Megan Fields Director of Public Speaking

Who works in the PSC?
Full-time lecturers and faculty who teach the 210 & 240 classes and PhD students.

Will you help me get an “A” on my next assignment?
While we will help you improve your public speaking skills and help you with assignments, we will not guarantee that you can obtain any kind of grade.