Communication Center

The communication center is a place where pre-business, professional-level B.B.A, MBA and M.S.A. students can go for help in strengthening and professionalizing oral, visual and written communication skills.

Center consultants can help you conceptualize or explore ideas for a given assignment; guide you in determining focus, purpose, audience and voice; facilitate creative and critical thinking; and talk you through the organization and development of your written or oral assignment response. Consultants can also help you to identify weaknesses in your language use including grammar, punctuation and sentence structure and, if desired, develop self-driven improvement tutorials for you to complete.

Consultants are available to assist you with the development and integration of visual communication components such as charts, graphs, images and PowerPoint slides, observe and provide feedback on practice presentations, and help team members solve communication and collaboration differences.

The services are provided at no cost to all Haworth College of Business students in the center, which is located in rooms 3435 and 3445 of Schneider Hall.

Fall 2014 hours

  • Monday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

How to get help

  1. First create an account on the online appointment system (if this is your first visit to the Center). Account setup tip sheet
  2. Then, schedule your appointment at www.wmich.mywconline.net. Appointments are 30 minutes in length. If you are scheduling to practice a presentation longer than 10 minutes, consider scheduling two back-to-back appointments.

Because of the limited hours of availability during the summer session, it is especially important to be considerate of other students’ needs.  If your plans change, please cancel your appointment via the appointment system at least 24 hours in advance.

What to bring with you (as relevant)

  • A clear idea of what you want to work on
  • The course syllabus
  • Assignment instructions
  • Textbook
  • Class notes relevant to the assignment
  • USB drive for a copy of the video of your practice presentation

What to expect

The focus and result of your session depends on the stage of your message development process. Consultants are prepared to assist you with:

  • Conceptualizing
  • Brainstorming
  • Information gathering
  • Content development
  • Strategy and structure
  • Draft or presentation critique

You should expect that the consultant will ask you questions, identify strengths and weaknesses in your materials, and make suggestions and recommendations to advance or fine tune your message. Consultants will not proofread or edit your papers, nor will they create visual aids or multimedia products. However, they will collaborate with you, as well as offer other self-directed resources, to help you expand and strengthen your communication skills.

Following your appointment

Please complete an anonymous exit survey online so we can monitor and continuously improve the services provided in the communication center.