The Public Speaking Lab (PSL)


ESF's Public Speaking Lab (PSL) is a free service that supports the development of undergraduate students' public, academic, and professional speaking skills. PSL consultants work with students, both in-person and online, to provide formative feedback on presentations and presentation materials (from outlines to presentation slides). The lab also functions as a rehearsal space and team room where groups of students can meet to plan, practice, film, and review presentations.


The PSL is located in 13-B Moon Library (in the back of the Writing Resource Center).

Fall 2015 Consulting Hours

Students are welcome to use the PSL at any point during the library's regular hours of operation, and face-to-face consulting is available at the following times:

Mondays, 9:00am-11am and 12:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesdays, 9:00am-10:30am, 11:00am-12:00pm and 3:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesdays, 8:00am-11:00am and 12:00pm-1:30pm
Thursdays, 9:00am-10:30am and 11:00am-12:00pm
Fridays, 8:00am-10:00am and 12:00pm-4:00pm

Please note that preference is always given to students who have reserved the room in advance through the PSL's online scheduling system. See below for instructions on how to reserve the lab and/or make an appointment with a consultant.

To Reserve the Lab for Practice or Planning

To reserve the lab, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select "Room Reserve," choose a time that works for your schedule, and make an appointment. Please note that rooms can be reserved for up to two hours in 30-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

To Secure a Face-to-Face Appointment with a PSL Consultant

To secure an appointment with a tutor, visit the PSL's online scheduling website and do the following:

  1. Create an Appointy account using a current email or Facebook account.
  2. Select the consultant you would like to work with and then choose a time for your appointment. Appointments can be made in 30- or 60-minute blocks.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation note from the Appointy System.

Walk-ins are welcome, but students with room reservations and consulting appointments will be given preference.

PSL Staff

Isabella Kaplan

Year: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Studies, with a Focus in Communications
Areas of Expertise: Public Speaking
General Interests: I love hiking, reading and traveling.

Ryan Hicks

Year: Sophomore
Major: Sustainable Energy Management
Areas of Expertise: Public Speaking
General Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, music, hiking, camping and sports

Heather Carl

Year: Junior
Major: Natural Resources Management
Areas of Expertise: Organization of presentations and power points
General Interests: Soccer, turtles, photography

Tom McGrath PSL Coordinator

Office: 105B Moon tel.: 315.470.6725
Areas of Expertise: Courses: EWP220, EWP420, EWP620

Accessing the PSL

If you've made an appointment with a consultant, you can head straight to the lab, where the consultant will be waiting for you. If you have reserved the lab outside the designated consulting hours, you can check the PSL key out (with a current SUNY ESF ID card) at the Moon Library circulation desk.

To Receive Online Feedback for Presentations and Presentation Materials

In addition to our in-person consulting services, we also offer opportunities for students to receive digital feedback on their presentations and presentation materials. To receive online feedback, simply email a video of your presentation and/or digital copies of your presentation materials to In your email, provide some context for the presentation (e.g. the class or event where you'll be speaking, the time parameters of the presentation, etc.) and note if there are any particular aspects of the presentation that you would like the consultants to focus on. Please give consultants at least two business days of lead time to accommodate your request.

Faculty Requests for PSL Services

We welcome assignment- and course-specific collaborations with faculty. In order to ensure that our small staff can receive training and accommodate students in a timely manner, we recommend that faculty contact the lab coordinator one month before the service is needed.

For more information, please contact Tom McGrath, the PSL Coordinator, at


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