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COMX 111: Introduction to Public Speaking: Public Speaking Center

Welcome! This is a guide designed for students enrolled in COMX 111.

Welcome to the Writing and Public Speaking Center!

The Communication Department is happy to announce that the Public Speaking Center has merged with the Writing Center for the 2017-2018 academic year to form "The Writing and Public Speaking Center." We offer all the same services as before and more! We also have expanded our Writing and Public Speaking tutoring to our Missoula College tutors. Please see the schedule below for tutoring hours available on Missoula College's campus.The Writing and Public Speaking Center (WPSC) supports students by providing quality consulting for all Public Speaking students seeking assistance with their oral presentations. Graduate Instructors aid students with topic selection, outlines, content development, delivery, audio-visual aids, managing speaking anxiety, and increasing their confidence as speakers. 

The Writing and Public Speaking Center (WPSC) is specifically designed as a resource for all students enrolled in COMX 111 - Introduction to Public Speaking. Students may choose to work with a tutor during the designated public speaking hours as well as during any of our other hours. All tutors at the WPSC are trained and available to assist students as they prepare speeches throughout the semester. Tutors offer feedback on speaking notes, outlines, bibliographies, and presentation aids. We also offer students a place to rehearse their speeches and receive feedback on content, format, sources, and delivery.  We provide 1:1 consultations as well as online resources for speech development and presentation.


Public Speaking Hours

Meeting Type Location Days Hours
Appointment Lommasson 271 M 11:00 am - 2:00pm
Appointment Lommasson 271 T 11:00 am - 1:00pm
Appointment Lommasson 271 W 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Missoula College (visit or call the Missoula College

Learning Center for appointments)

W 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Walk-In Mansfield Library - Student Learning Center Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Students working on speeches also are welcome to make appointments during any of the Writing and Public Speaking Center's

tutoring hours, Monday-Friday, by visiting

Writing and Public Speaking Center         Lommasson 271        Phone: (406) 243-2266

My Writing & Outline

The UM Writing Center is an excellent resource when writing a formal speech.The Writing Center helps undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more independent, versatile, and effective writers, readers, and thinkers. They provide a comfortable environment where students can engage in supportive conversations about their writing and receive feedback on their works in progress. The Writing Center treats writing both as a mode of communication and as a way to learn, and encourages all members of the University community to think more explicitly about their writing processes and the decisions they make as they write.

Get Feedback on Your

Speech Outline and Content

  1. Go to or a Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
  2. Select your outline or presentation content.
  3. In Drive: At the top, click Share & “Can Edit” under options
  4. Share with
  5. Add a note of what you would most like feedback and help on.
  6. Suggestions and comments will automatically be uploaded to your document

*Missoula College Students will find rubrics and outlines for the course in the Moodle Shell.

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Center Evaluation

Campus Information

My Speech & Presentation

Get Feedback on Your

Speech, Organization, and Delivery

  • Come to the Writing and Public Speaking Center to for all your speech needs. Setup an appointment by visiting You'll need to register and sign in to set an appointment. 

    Location Day Hours
    Lommasson 271 M 11:00 - 2:00 pm
    Lommasson 271 T 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Lommasson 271 W 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Missoula College W 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Or drop-in for some help and feedback 

    Location Day Hours
    MLIB SLC Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Schedule appointments during any of the WPSC's tutoring hours, Monday-Friday, by visiting

Virtual Feedback on Your

Speech, Organization, and Delivery

Submit a video file of your speech presentation and receive 48-hour feedback M-F (business hours)

  • Email a video (mp4 or mov file) of your speech and explanation of the assignment to

Speech Recording and Upload Options

  • Use the One Button Studio at the Mansfield Library

    • One Button Studio is an intuitive video studio where you can practice presentations and create video content.

  • Recording on a Smartphone or Tablet

    • You can also take videos using the photo/video option on your smart phone or tablet. You can choose to download to your computer or email straight from your device.

  • Recording with Mac OS X

    • You can do this with the “Photo Booth” application on a Mac. Use the icons at the bottom-left corner of photo booth to choose either a grid of four photos taken successively, a single photo, or a video. You can then click the red button in the middle of the Photo Booth window to take photos or record videos. Photos you take will be stored in your Photo Booth Library, and you can also right-click (or Command-click) them in the Photo Booth window to export them and save them elsewhere.

  • Recording with Windows 8 and 8.1

    • Windows 8 includes a Camera app. Open the Start screen by tapping the Windows key and type “Camera” to search for it. Launch the Camera app and use it to record photos and take videos. It works similarly to Windows 10’s Camera app, and will save photos to the “Camera Roll” folder in your user account’s “Pictures” folder.

  • Recording with Windows 7

    • Windows 7 doesn’t provide a built-in way to do this. If you look through your Start menu, you might find some sort of webcam utility that came installed with your computer. That utility might provide a way to do this without installing any more software. Search for “webcam” or “camera” in your Start menu and you might find such a utility.

Welcome to the example speeches! Here you will find four examples of speeches for this class. Two Informative speeches and two Persuasive speeches.

The first two speeches below are the Stress and Mental Illness speeches which are Informative examples.

Above, you will find the Informative speech examples.

Below are two more speech examples, but for the Persuasive speech: The Legalization of Marijuana and Internet Security.

5 Tips for using Presentation Aids

1. Keep it Simple

2. Point it Out

3. Reveal and Conceal

4. Practice

5. Have a Backup Plan

5 Tips for Presentation Aids Video 

Reasons to Use Visual Aids

  • Improves audience understanding and memory
  • Increases audience interest and participation
  • Provides clearer organization
  • Contributes to speaker creditability 

These rubrics are to be used as a reference when writing your outlines and crafting your speeches but always check with your individual instructors to see which rubrics they are using in your class. 

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My Research

Get Feedback on Your Research Sources and Reference Page

  • Get Feedback on your research references using RefWorks:

1. Login to your UM RefWorks account at:

2. Create a folder for your speech (ie. Informative Speech) and add your current references.

3. Go to the Share & Export tab at the top of the page. Share folder.

4. You will see a list of your folders. Choose the one you wish to receive feedback on.

5. Share folder (ie. Informative Speech) with email

  • You can also bring your reference page to the Public Speaking Center during drop-in hours. 


Mansfield Library Reference Desk:

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Online Guides:

The Mansfield Library subscribes to RefWorks to make research and citation easier for you. RefWorks is a citation management tool that stores your electronic articles in one place for easy access, organization, citation and sharing. You can save web page content and metadata, create collections to organize or share documents and citations, and upload PDF and Office documents.

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Contact Information

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Mira Cleveland
Office: LA339

Contact Information

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Caitlyn Lewis
Public Speaking Center: SLC MLIB 283
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library

Office: LA 339
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59801