Speaker's Center

MicrophoneDedicated to improving speaking skills, the Department of Communication’s Public Speaking Center is staffed with Public Speaking Mentors who help guide students through the process of preparing and delivering oral presentations. Students taking any course  — not just a speech course — or any Faculty/Staff/alumni who need help with presentations are invited to visit the Center for help and guidance with their presentations.

Location: Strickler Hall lower level — Room LL021


Do you experience apprehension when getting ready to speak in front of others? Or even thinking about the possibility of having to speak in front of others? One the BEST methods for reducing this apprehension is to know your subject matter and to practice your speech.  A great place to do this is our Speaker’s Center. The assistants have all experienced those same feelings at some point in their speaking lives – so they have an idea of what you may be feeling. Come on down and let them help you start on your road to speaking success….

Check out their office hours and come on down – even if it's just to chat….

Speech Mentor

Keionna Bailey
Keionna Bailey

Hello!! My name is Keionna Bailey and I am from Lexington, KY.  I am a junior communication major with double minors in Spanish and Marketing. I currently serve as the President of the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) and the Vice President for the Black Student Union. My career interests include Public Relations, Human Relations, and the United Nations. I love referencing old Vine videos, chilling, and long road trips. I just finished the summer as a Student Orientation Staffer. As someone who has spent the entire summer speaking with freshmen and their goals for the future, I am ready to help you any way that I can with your public speaking skills, whether that is brainstorming or practicing for the big speech day!


Hayley Eisenberg
Hayley Eisenberg
I am a Senior Communication major. Besides working in the Speaker’s Center, I also work on campus in the Parking department, as well as at the university library where I archive old recorded interviews and create metadata to go along with them. This is my second semester of working with students in the Speaker's Center. I am a great listener and can help you with fine-tuning your speeches..


Makayla Bilyeu
Makayla Bilyeu


Hello all! Makayla Bilyeu is the name, mentoring is the game. I graduated from Todd County Central High School in 2015 and attended Hopkinsville Community College for one year before transferring to UofL and becoming a Cardinal. I am a senior communication major graduating in May 2019. My interests include: working out, eating, sleeping, and petting dogs. I decided to become a mentor to help encourage incoming students, as well as students already involved on campus, to break out of their shells and excel in life. If you need help with a speech or just advice for life, come to visit me at the speaker center. And remember… Go Cards!


Bishop - AKA Jacob Bishop


Hello! My name is Bishop, Jacob Bishop,  and I am from Lebanon Ohio. I am a sophomore majoring in Political Science: Law and Policy while double minoring in Communication and Criminal Justice. I am on the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team, a member of Snowcards , and on the Student Leadership Team with Sojourn Community Church. I hope to go to Law school after my undergrad and pursue a career with the FBI. I’m a pretty outgoing guy that loves everything sports and music. I’d be happy to help you with just about anything public speaking wise and I look forward to meeting you!


Jordan Geisler


Hi all, my name is Jordan Geisler and I’m a sophomore here at U of L. I’ve lived in Kentucky for the past ten years, and before that, I lived in Arizona. I’m majoring in Communications (along with 50% of the students here, it seems) and minoring in Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, discovering new music, traveling (specifically to the west coast), and playing tennis. I look forward to helping you all with your speeches! 


Anna Goggins


Hi all, my name is Anna and I am studying communication here at UofL. My friends would describe me as fun, outgoing, and kindhearted. I am from New Lenox, Illinois and this past summer I had an internship right down the street from my house with Chicagoland Speedway as the Partnership Marketing and Hospitality Coordinator. A fun fact about me is I used to play Queen Elsa from Frozen for little girls birthday parties. Some goals of mine are to study abroad in Italy and do the Disney College Program. Come visit me at the Speaker Center! Go Cards!!


Phillip Johnson


My name is Phillip Johnson and I am a Communication Major here at UofL. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and laughing! I’m a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon here on campus and College Mentors for Kids. I’m also a Porter Scholar too. I’m excited for this semester and want to help you get used to Public Speaking!


Caroline Von Nostitz


Hi, my name is Caroline von Nostitz and I’m from Louisville, KY. I am a junior Marketing major with a Communications minor. When I’m not at the Speaker’s Center you can find me teaching yoga classes at the SRC, as well as being involved in Greek life and RSO’s on campus! Public speaking is important in any career field and in many aspect of life. Perfecting your skills now as a student will only help to serve you in the future!

Katherine Taylor is faculty coordinator of the Speaker’s Center.

Mentors' Hours

Strickler Hall LL21 Studio B
REVISED Feb 5. 2018

Nic Perry - 9a – 9:50 & 12p – 12:50p & 3:30p – 5:00p
Hayley – 9:30a - 3:30p

Hayley – 8a – 10:30a
Abigail – 12:20 p – 4:20p
Carly 2:45p – 3:45p

Nic Perry – 9a – 9:50 & 12p – 12:50p & 3:30p – 5:00p
Hannah – 10a – 4p
Abigail – 3p – 5p

Hayley – 8a – 10:30a
Abigail – 12:20p – 4:20p
Carly – 12:30p – 3:45p

Hannah – 10a – 1:30p
Nic Perry – 12p – 12:50p & 2p – 4p
Carly – 1:00p – 5:00p


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