Coaching for Classes

Only our most experienced

coaches are eligible to lead oratory classroom sessions. They will often work alongside newer coaches, all of whom undergo at least nine hours of initial training, during which they practice speaking and coaching, and share best practices. Returning coaches complete at least six hours of recertification training each semester. 

We asked 20 faculty in 13 departments

How likely are you to recommend us to a colleague on a scale of 1 to 10? 

Our average score: 9.6!


Faculty Testimonials

 "Oratory Now is one of the best resources
  at Middlebury. I have witnessed students
  go from being timid inaudible speakers to
  confident compelling orators after just a
  few workshops."

"Students ... gave the Oratory Workshop
 rave reviews, and it greatly improved the
 quality of student presentations."

 "I am extremely grateful for this resource.
 This semester's presentations were
 stronger by far than any I've seen in the
 past, and the only thing different this
 year was my work with Oratory Now. So
 I'm a believer, 100%. "

 "They were great - it is the 4th time I have asked [Oratory Now] into one of my classes." 

In your class,

our coaches can run 30-75 minute interactive sessions. These are often tailored to your specific assignment, and can cover one or more of the following: content, delivery, slide or poster presentations, role-playing, debates, etc.


In each session, our coaches can demonstrate key approaches to building and delivering a quality presentation, and get your students on their feet to hone their skills through fun exercises.


On days your students present, coaches can also observe and provide feedback relevant to the presenter(s) and the class.


Many faculty ask us to augment these workshops with the out-of-class programming below. 

Outside of class,

we offer individual or group tutorials, as well as specially-designed workshops. In all situations, we tailor our assistance to the strengths and weaknesses of each speaker.  

Faculty References





Enviro. Studies:






Political Science:



John McLeod

Tom Root

Caitlyn Myers

Brett Millier

Mez Baker-Medard

Peter Ryan

Max Ward

I. Brancoli-Busdraghi

Shawna Shapiro

John Schmitt

Sarah Stroup

Michelle McCauley

Robert Schine