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

Apprehensive?

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

Devon Amsler
Devon Amsler

 

Hi, my name is Devon Amsler, I am a senior communication major here at U of L. I’ve lived in Louisville my whole life. In my free time I like going to concerts, discovering new music, travelling, and spending time with my friends and family. I’m looking forward to giving you all tips to improve your speeches.

 

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!

 

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!

 

Jordan
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
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!!

 

Simon Hall
Simon Hall

 

Hello! My name is Simon Hall and I am a senior Communication Major here at UofL. I love hanging out with friends and family, traveling, and playing the drums. I’m so excited for this semester and I look forward to helping you with your speeches. Let’s get better together!

 

Johnson
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!

 

Jennifer Schaefer
Jennifer Schaefer

 

I am a Communication Major here at the University of Louisville. I have a 5-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old fur baby. I work at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Oxmoor Mall as a server/bartender. I think being a skilled communicator can advance me in my career path.

 

 

 

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

Mentors' Hours

Strickler Hall LL21 Studio B
REVISED January 23, 2019

Monday:

  • Phillip Johnson – 9a – 12p & 2:30p - 4:30p
  • Keionna Bailey – 9a -- 10a & 1p - 5p
  • Anna Goggins – 1p – 3p

Tuesday:

  • Jennifer Schaefer - 8a - 1p
  • Jordan Geisler - 2:30p - 5:30p 

Wednesday:

  • Keionna Bailey - 9a - 10a 
  • Devon Amsler – 9:30a – 2:30p
  • Makayla Bilyeu –11a – 3:30p

Thursday:

  • Simon Hall – 1p – 4p
  • Devon Amsler – 2:30p – 5p

Friday:

  • Makayla Bilyeu - 11a - 12p

Belknap Academic Building 427
REVISED January 23, 2019

Monday:

  • Anna Goggins –  9a – 12p
  • Simon Hall – 10a - 12p & 1p - 3p
  • Makayla Bilyeu - 11a - 3:30p

Tuesday:

  • Jordan Geisler – 8a - 9:30a
  • Simon Hall - 1p - 4p
  • Devin Amsler – 2:30p – 5p 

Wednesday:

  • Phillip Johnson – 9a – 12p & 2:30p - 4:30p
  • Keionna Bailey – 1p – 5p
  • Anna Goggins – 9a – 12p & 1p - 3p

Thursday:

  • Jennifer Schaefer - 8a - 1p
  • Jordan Geisler - 2:30p - 8p

Friday:

  • Visit Strickler LL21 for Mentor Hours

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