University of Maine at Farmington (General Studies)
Goddard College (Master's)
Dear Parent and/or Prospective Student,
Are you afraid to stand in front of a class and deliver information about a particular topic? Or you might be afraid to voice your opinion at a local town meeting. Perhaps you need to research, prepare, and deliver a presentation to a new client at work, and you're not sure how to develop an appropriate visual aid. None of us is born knowing how to speak effectively and well in public. As with anything else, public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with preparation and practice. I can help you learn and practice the public speaking skills you need to perform an audience analysis, select a topic, determine the purpose of your speech or presentation, compose a thesis statement, develop the main points, gather supporting materials, outline your main ideas, and prepare visual aids to accompany and complement your speech. I will teach you the ethics of public speaking and how to choose appropriate language.
If you're afraid of speaking in public, I will teach you proven methods for controlling speech anxiety that include visualizing success, relaxation exercises, positive self-talk, and stress-control breathing techniques. I'll explain how to put fear to work for you instead of allowing it to control you.
I have taught public speaking at the college level for twelve years. I teach older, non-traditional students and students right out of high school. My tutoring style embraces a positive, hands-on approach to preparation and practice. I will teach you, step-by-step, how to create an effective, well-organized, audience-centered speech or presentation, including visual aids, and feel confident while doing so. I can assist you with other types of speaking as well such as impromptu speaking, speaking to inform or persuade, commemorative speaking, eulogies, and special occasion speeches.
I earned a M.F.A. degree in creative writing and possess excellent communication, writing, spelling, and grammar skills. My personal approach to teaching is to make it a positive, and yes, challenging, but fun experience for students. Personal and professional references are available upon request. Dear Parent and/or Prospective Student,
Are you afraid to stand in front of a class and deliver information about a particular topic? Or you might be afraid to voice your opinion at a local town meeting. Perhaps you need to research, prepare, and deliver a presentation to a new client at work, and you're not sure how to develop an
I have taught Public Speaking at the college level for twelve years. I have also taught Speech Communication and Interpersonal Communication in previous semesters. I possess a wealth of teaching materials for teaching public speaking.