Practically Speaking Seminar

About This Event

🗓 Every Monday from September 28th to November 9th

🕒 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM                         sjsu logo

Virtual Event  🖥    |   Free Event  

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Event Sponsor

Writing Center 

Practically Speaking is a limited seven-week group experience for 14 graduate students to enhance their impromptu public speaking skills and develop lifelong communication tools for their professional and academic life.

Impromptu speaking is speaking with no preparation for a short time (about 1- to 3-minutes). Impromptu speaking is different from giving prepared speeches, where you write and practice a speech before giving it. Please note we will not be giving or writing any prepared (or long) speeches. This group will work on developing the skills needed to speak spontaneously in an organized and compelling way. We will practice speech structure, audience awareness, vocal variety, and body language.


  • Zoom


  • Weekly every Monday from September 28th to November 9th

Application Process

There are 14 spaces available for the fall 2020 seminar; successful participants will be selected based upon the quality of their application and availability. Applications will be reviewed by the Writing Center soon after the closing date, with outcomes sent via email. For all inquiries, email

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SJSU graduate student
  • Have not attended the Practically Speaking Seminar in previous semesters  

Application Closing Date

  • Wednesday, September 16th, 12:00 PM PST

Apply Now! 

Event Contact: Amy Russo,

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