Speaking to groups does not come naturally for many people. In the Oral Presentation Skills Workshop, students will gain both the knowledge and practice needed for preparing oral presentations. In addition to learning about the structure and content necessary for an effective presentation, students will have the chance to work on developing their delivery skills in a small group setting.
Dee Oseroff-Varnell, known by her students as Dr. O-V, is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University and the former director of the Public Speaking program.
Dr. O-V’s first teaching experience was on ice skates; prior to attending college she earned international recognition as a competitive ice dancer. Following a career in Holiday on Ice and later as a skating instructor, she received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington in Seattle. It was there that Dr. O-V first took her love of teaching and working with people into the classroom. For 20 years she has taught undergraduate classes in Public Speaking, Relational Communication, Communication and Identity, and Persuasion as well as conducted workshops in presentation skills for faculty and staff. She was a summer program faculty instructor for the LENS program at Wake Forest in 2016, and is currently the resident professor for the Worrell House in London (spring 2017).