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Speaking Prep @ Pitt: Public Speaking Tips

Your toolbox for help with public speaking, debates, current events, and honing your persuasive speaking skills.


TED talks

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds:  Technology, Entertainment, Design.

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Public Speaking Tips

Brush up on your presentation skills

Pitt's Oral Communication Lab

You may bring any kind of speaking project, at any stage of development, to the lab for personal consultation and instruction.

The Lab is in 1109B Cathedral of Learning, Oakland Campus.

Lab services are free of charge to Pitt students, staff, and faculty.

You can schedule an appointment at

    Practice Your Public Speaking

    What is Toastmasters?

    From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 260,000 members in over 12,500 clubs in 113 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.