The Gavel Club of Notre Dame

The Gavel Club of Notre Dame is a University-sanctioned club open to all full-time students interested in improving their public speaking ability. The club meets both fall and spring every other Wednesday in Room 331 at Coleman-Morse.  Meetings foster a conversational, no-pressure environment in which each member can become a more skilled, confident public speaker.

Each meeting focuses on one aspect of confident presenting, such as preparing a speech, managing anxiety, using visual aids, nonverbals, and knowing your audience.  Other skills, such as meeting management and thinking on your feet, are also discussed.  Each member takes a turn coordinating a meeting and at one point will serve as "Toastmaster."

In the spring, officers organize a campus-wide speech competition that brings together all the skills during the academic year.  It features cash-value prizes and an opportunity to meet and compete against some of Notre Dame's very best. 

The Gavel Club charges very modest dues and usually offers food and beverages at meetings. The Fanning Center for Business Communication in the Mendoza College of Business is a principal sponsor of the club.   



Contact Information for Gavel Club Officers:

Jess E. Pulido, President                       


Date Time and Topic Location

Wed., Sept. 7         

7-8 p.m. Welcome and Introductions 331 Coleman Morse
Wed., Sept. 21          7-8 p.m. Addressing Anxiety 331 Coleman Morse
Wed., Oct. 5 7-8 p.m. The Concise Speech

331 Coleman Morse

Wed., Nov. 2 7-8 p.m. Knowing Your Audience 331 Coleman Morse
Wed., Nov 16 7-8 p.m. Style 331 Coleman-Morse
(Date TBA) 7-8 p.m. Preparing Your Speech    331 Coleman-Morse
Wed., Jan. 25 7-8 p.m. Welcome Back! 331 Coleman-Morse
Wed., Feb. 1 7-8 p.m. Speech Research 331 Coleman-Morse
Wed., Feb. 15 7-8 p.m. Drafting a Speech 331 Coleman Morse
Wed., March 1 7-8 p.m. Editing a Speech 331 Coleman-Morse
Wed., March 15           7-8 p.m. Visual Aids 331 Coleman-Morse 
Wed., March 29            7-8 p.m. Nonverbal Communication 331 Coleman-Morse
Date TBA  7-8 p.m. Review Session 331 Coleman-Morse 
Date TBA 7-8 p.m. Epilogue:  Speech Competition 331 Coleman-Morse

Interested in Joining?
Students interested in joining the Gavel Club listserv can contact Jess E. Pulido at