The BizComm coaches are a free consultation service for all College of Business students. Whether you need help getting started on an assignment, have a question about writing conventions, or are looking for feedback on what you have already developed, we are here to help. The BizComm coaches are Rhetoric and Composition PhD students with training in business communication and experience in areas such as writing centers, writing instruction, and editing. We aim to help individuals improve as communicators through collaboration and conversation.
In addition to our consultation services, we offer free editing services to the College of Business faculty. This service is first-come, first-served, and may be subject to availability.
Book an Appointment (Students)
Types of Appointments:
We offer face-to-face and virtual appointments.
- Face-to-Face: You can meet face-to-face with a BizComm coach in their designated office.
- Virtual: You can video chat with a BizComm coach through the online scheduler’s video meeting plug-in. It’s recommended that you have access to a stable internet connection, speakers or headphones, and a microphone or headset.
- Phone: If you do not have access to video conferencing and cannot make it to campus, you can talk with a BizComm coach on the phone. Reach out via email to make the appropriate arrangements.
UofL’s innovative BizComm curriculum has been specially designed to help students develop business-specific writing and speaking skills. In the required Introduction to Business Communication course (BUS 301), students will develop and refine five core business communication competencies:
Mastery of these skills will help students set themselves apart from competitors in job interviews, perform well on the job, and advance quickly in their careers.
In BUS 301, class sizes are kept small so that students can receive individualized attention from highly qualified faculty members who are dedicated to student learning. Additionally, students have access to free communication coaching on writing and speaking assignments with the College of Business’s dedicated BizComm coaches.
The BizComm coaches are a free consultation service for all College of Business students or faculty members. Whether you need help getting started on an assignment, have a question about writing conventions, or are looking for feedback on what you have already developed, we are here to help.
How can the BizComm Coaches help me?
We aim to help individuals improve as communicators. We provide assistance with brainstorming, topic development, outlining, drafting, and revision for:
- Written Assignments
- Presentations (including practice)
- Visual Aids (including PowerPoint and report graphics)
- Team Projects (including coordinating work tasks, dealing with team issues)
- And more!
How do I schedule an appointment?
Visit our scheduling website to book an appointment. There are two schedules available. One is for both face-to-face and virtual appointments, while the other is for virtual appointments only. There are different times on each schedule, so be sure to check both for availability.
How long are appointments?
Appointments are 30 minutes long. You may book up to two back-to-back sessions for a full hour. You may book up to four sessions (two total hours) of coaching per week.
What types of appointments do you offer?
We offer appointments virtually, face-to-face, or over the phone. In-person appointments are held in room 353. Virtual appointments are held through our scheduling website’s meeting plug-in Teleport.video.
Do you accept walk-ins?
We accept walk-ins when our schedule allows it; however, we strongly recommend booking online ahead of time so that you can reserve a slot.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Bring your instructor’s assignment prompt and your draft or ideas (print or digital). For virtual appointments, be prepared to share your screen.
I’m working on a group project. Can my group schedule an appointment?
Yes! Just note the number of people in your group who will be coming. We recommend signing up for two back-to-back sessions (1 hour) for group meetings.
How do I know which Coach I’ll be working with? Can I request a particular Coach when I sign up for an appointment?
While the appointment software doesn’t allow you to select a particular Coach when you schedule, if you’d like to work with a particular Coach, you can find their hours in their bios below or on the scheduler calendar descriptions (all times are EST).
If I’m running late, can I still keep the appointment?
Because appointments are only 30 minutes long, we generally cancel appointments if you are more than 10 minutes late. If you know you may be running late, email or call us at (502) 792-7067.
How do I cancel my appointment?
Email us or call and let us know your appointment date/time and that you need to cancel. (You can’t cancel an appointment through the booking system.)
I still have questions. Who do I contact?
Contact the BizComm coaches directly.
Aubrie Cox is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville. She holds an MA in creative writing from Ball State University and an MFA in poetry from Temple University. At the University of Louisville, she has previously served as the Assistant Director of the University Writing Center’s Virtual Writing Center and Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program. With nearly a decade of teaching experience, Aubrie has a background in publishing, editing, and writing pedagogy. Her writing and research interests include embodiment, hybrid genre, rhetorics of place, and rhetorics of nostalgia.
Aubrie’s Spring 2023 Coaching Hours (Rm 388):
- Monday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (virtual)
- Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (virtual)
- Friday, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Caitlin Burns Allen is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. She received her MA in Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Caitlin has taught first-year writing, scientific and technical writing, and business writing courses. At UofL, she served as an assistant director of the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition from 2020-2022. Her research interests include the rhetoric of health and medicine, feminist methodologies, digital rhetorics, and archival research.
Caitlin’s Spring 2023 Coaching Hours (Rm 389):
- Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (virtual)
- Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (virtual)
- Thursday, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Please note: BizComm Coaching is NOT a drop-off editing service. While editing-related concerns may be addressed during your consultation, the service is designed to help you develop your own communication abilities.