PPC available for presentation assistance

The Presentation Practice Center helps with public speaking in all forms. It is directed to students and non-students,  available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The BYU-Idaho Presentations Practice Center is designed to help students and faculty develop, practice, and polish their presentations for any project from class presentations to rehearsals for a performance, according to BYU-I PPC webpage.

Gracie Marsden, a PPC tutor who is studying humanities, said the PPC has benefied her immensily.

“PPC is directed for anyone who is about to give a speech. It can be a class or it can even be for Sunday Church. So it is not only for students, we even have had someone who was not apart of BYU-Idaho who was just giving a speech and needed help,” Marsden said.

“I don’t think people realize the impact they have for being able to change the world, said Spencer Haacke, a BYU-Idaho Academic Support faculty member.

Haacke said he asks students why they try and communicate. He said the student’s responses come down to informing people, changing and bettering people around them.  He feels if that is the mission then it should be taken more serious.

“If we can improve the way people communicate I think it is going to help them make a difference,” said Haacke.

Haacke said, PPC has grown since being a pilot program in Fall 2010 from 212 to over 2000 students.

“It is not enough, I want to serve 10% of the student body, and then grow from there,” Haacke said.

Marsden said that she thought that developing public speaking skills is important because how students present themselves is eventually going to effect how their potential employer views them.

“It helps me feel more confident when I have to give my presentation in front of the class because it is always nerve racking talking in front of people no matter how much you prepare.” said Daniel Malloy, a senior studying business. “Having done it in front of someone who is willing to help you before you get graded is just beneficial.”

Malloy said he appreciates the honesty and the safety of the environment that PPC creates.

“PPC comes in and helps you to be able to deliver your ideas in a more powerful and efficient kind of way,” said Marsden.

Marsden said a speech should be organized, have structure and flow. Once that is achieved, it needs to be presented well.  It needs to be presented with out a monotone voice and filler words that will distract from their message.  These things can be worked on but it doesn’t have to be alone.  PPC wants to help polish the presentation to bring out confidence in those presenting.

Marsden said tutors have taken public speaking and are interviewed and tested on their public speaking skills. Marsden said the tutors in PPC have a skill in giving constructive feedback that won’t devastate the presenter. Instead, they help them realize their potential.

Marsden said PPC has multiple tutors who set up their availability time. Students can go online through the BYU-I search engine and select the Presentation Practice Center and select an available time that is convenient for them.

Private sessions can be up to a designated 30 minutes. PPC is located in the Joseph Fielding Smith Building 368. A 12-hour advance notice is preferred in scheduling a slot to practice.

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