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What is the Speakers Lab? (Butler University)

The speakers lab

The Speakers Lab

The Butler University Speakers Lab employs highly trained student tutors to give one-on-one help with the creation and delivery of both individual and group speeches or presentations. In 30- or 60-minute sessions, our tutors provide a relaxed yet effective environment to assist students with all parts of the public speaking process which includes: refining the topic, organizing the content, effectively presenting, and developing visuals.  Tutors provide constructive feedback at any stage of the process. They are also trained to assist in the preparation of interviews.  

Students who are interested in signing-up for a Speakers Lab session must sign-up using our online system at

Please note the following:

  • Individuals seeking one-hour sessions must sign-up on the hour rather than on the half-hour intervals (e.g., 2:00 PM, not 2:30 PM).
  • Students must book appointments at least 2 hours in advance. The online system will not show available sessions within that 2-hour timeframe; however, the Speakers Lab does accept and encourage walk-in appointments without reservations if a tutor is available.
  • Sessions must be cancelled or rescheduled 24 hours in advance or students will be marked as absent if they fail to arrive.



Student appointments with a tutor can easily be scheduled online.

Meet the Tutors

Learn about our current tutors, and how to become a tutor yourself.

Benefits of the Speakers Lab

Your Typical Speech Requirements

Whether it be informative, persuasive, or entertaining, the tutors in the Speakers Lab can help you create your best speech, while building your presentation and communication skills. Read requirements and tips.

What Faculty Can Expect

The Speakers Lab offers peer-to-peer consultation services for students seeking feedback about public speaking activities. Faculty may assign students to the lab, or request to have a tutor visit their classroom. View services and contact information

Student Resources

Find helpful tips, as well as do’s and don’ts, on everything from content, visual aids, and delivery. Speakers Lab Student Resources.