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Audience Dog Program

Charlie, a dog who works in our Audience Dog Program

Does public speaking make you nervous? Do you tend to practice presentations by 'running through them in your head' rather than getting quality practice in front of others?

Roughly 70% of college students have a fear of public speaking, according to communication expert James McCroskey. To help alleviate student fears, the Kogod Center for Business Communications provides business students the chance to practice speeches and presentations by rehearsing with a friendly "audience dog."

Our attentive audience dogs are always accompanied by a student tutor. Our tutors are always happy to provide feedback and speaking tips, but they're also willing to stand back and just allow you pressure-free practice with a friendly dog! Both the dogs and their student handlers are vetted and trained to ensure human and canine safety.

From therapeutic to educational settings, well-trained, intuitive canines have a role to play in promoting wellness and skill-building. As KCBC Director Caron Martinez says, "We know that practice is key in developing verbal fluency and ease. And if we can motivate students to practice by having dogs as an audience, we can also help our students become confident and talented business communicators."

Our Audience Dog program has received attention from several major outlets this year. See what they have to say about us: ( links to stories - NYT, Washington Post, CBS news, Dogs Today?)

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Center for Business Communications
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 101
Washington, DC 20016

Email: cbc@american.edu

Phone: (202) 885-1920