About This Site

Photo of Ashlyn Blair
Photo of Ashlyn Blair
Photo of Ashlyn Blair

Hey there!

Thank you for visiting my website! I’d like to share a little bit about myself and the purpose behind this website.

First of all, my name is Ashlyn Blair, and this website served as my culminating project in my Master of Arts in Communication program, which I graduated from in August 2020.

About two-thirds of the way through my undergraduate career, I knew I wanted to teach communication/public speaking, and therefore knew getting my MA degree was a must. However, I also knew writing a thesis was not something that interested me. Thankfully, when I was getting everything lined up for entering the program I am graduating from, I discovered I could do a culminating project instead!

This project did not start out with an end-goal of creating a website. Many ideas were tossed around, with a website being one of those ideas. But once realizing creating a website could be a viable option and getting advice from my advisor and committee on how this would work out, I knew this was the best route for my creative and public-speaking-helper mind.

Let me be clear–I’m not necessarily someone who is fond of public speaking or giving presentations. But, I do know these types of formal and informal situations are part of every day life, and therefore we could all use some knowledge and practice in this area. My passion rests with the teaching side, and helping others do the best they can in all their public speaking-type endeavors.

That being said, the main goal behind this website is to provide a variety of tips, tricks, resources, and other useful information for anyone looking for a little (or a lot of) guidance in all their public speaking endeavors. Understanding that there are different types of learners, and MANY resources out in the world (especially with a simple online search), my dream for this project was to gather great resources, in multiple formats, dealing with several different topic areas related to public speaking, presentation giving, and the like.

Thank You to These Amazing People!

Of course, this project would not have been possible without my MA advisor, committee members, other faculty members, friends, and family supporting me the entire way. Thanks a bunch to all of you!