Writing and Speaking Center

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or an experienced graduate student, the Ivy College of Business Writing and Speaking Center is here to help you succeed in your education and prepare you to seamlessly transition from academia to industry. Conveniently located at 2148 Gerdin Business Building, we’re with you from day one. We offer a variety of resources for faculty, staff, and students. Let our highly trained communication coaches help you refine your skills and build your confidence.

Across the Ivy College of Business, it’s our goal to strengthen student communication skills and enhance critical thinking by offering opportunities for you to practice writing and speaking skills throughout your academic career. Representatives from the Writing and Speaking Center are available to enhance your written, oral, and visual communication skills. 

The Writing and Speaking Center staff is prepared to help you through in-person appointments and the following online resources: 

  • Writing samples: See examples of a professional memo, business letter, and email. 
  • Communication lessons: Learn new skills in communications from creating strong PowerPoint presentations to effective memos. 
  • Language links: Explore grammar as well as cultural idioms and topics of American English. 
  • Ivy insights: Hear about student success from Ivy faculty and staff.

Need one-on-one assistance with a class assignment that requires communication skills? We are here to help! Whether it’s writing a business memo or creating a PowerPoint presentation, our communication coaches are at your service. Contact us for any of the following: 

  • Personalized coaching for individuals and teams to improve business communication skills 
  • Developing English grammar, vocabulary, and syntax for non-native English speakers 
  • Consulting on grammar, writing style, document design, etc. 
  • Creating storyboard presentations to make engaging data visualization with PowerPoint or Prezi 
  • Individualized public speaking feedback for delivery, content, and visuals 
  • Help with interviews and CVs for academic positions 

WHAT TO DO NEXT

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Undergraduate Student Services

Union Pacific
Undergraduate Programs Office
1200 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011-2027

undergrad@iastate.edu
515-294-8300

Undergraduate
Career Services

Raisbeck Career Services Center
1320 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

bcs@iastate.edu
515-294-2542

International Programs

International Programs Office
2139 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

cobintl@iastate.edu
515-294-2652

Graduate Student Services

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

busgrad@iastate.edu
515-294-8118

Graduate Career Services

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

gradbuscs@iastate.edu
515-294-5133

Writing and Speaking Center

Ivy College of Business
Writing and Speaking Center
2148 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

commctr@iastate.edu
515-294-9693