For many students on campus, public speaking means sweaty palms, nervous ticks, and stumbling words, but the Presentation Practice Center is here to help. The PPC will hold an open house in the David O. McKay Library in room 164 on March 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donut holes from Paradise Donuts will be provided with hot chocolate.
The PPC recently moved from the Joseph Fielding Smith Building to the McKay Library. The open house will promote awareness for the PPC and their new location.
“The BYU-Idaho Presentations Practice Center is designed to help students and faculty develop, practice, and polish their presentations for any project, in any discipline-from class presentations to rehearsals for a performance,” according to the BYU-Idaho website.
The skills of expressing and being able to portray yourself professionally are needed to succeed in life. “Everybody talks,” said Reagan O’Reilly, the student director at the PPC and a junior studying English education. “Especially in our culture as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We talk in other meetings that we have, but we also talk in the professional world. Whatever you are, you will be talking at a professional level.”
For those who are unsure or nervous about public speaking or be being tutored at the PPC, the tutors are there to help and encourage students. “Our main purpose is to help students gain confidence in speaking,” said Hayden Hunter, a senior studying communication. “We brainstorm with people and build outlines. We do everything from the start to the end of their presentations.”
To schedule an appointment, visit this link.