Communication is key

Communication is consistently ranked among the top 10 skills employers look for when hiring. Develop the skills of a business leader by working with the Frank Business Communication Center to hone your writing, speaking, and visual design skills. Make an appointment to meet with a tutor or to use the One Button Studio.

Hours of operation

Monday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

 

 

The Frank Center will open on September 3, 2019

Sign in:

Please sign in at the kiosk in room C346, the first room on your right in the Frank Center hallway.

Business Communication and Protocol (BUS:3000)

We provide extensive support for the required core course, Business Communication and Protocol, which helps undergrads build a solid foundation of business writing and presentation skills. The course focuses on conveying information, backing it with evidence, and doing so clearly and concisely. Gain skills in composing business content, organizing data, creating presentations, and team-building.

Communicate like a pro

Every tutor at the Frank Center is knowledgeable and eager to help students succeed and progress as writers and speakers. Any student, regardless of ability to write or present ideas, can benefit and improve their communication skills by working with one of our peer tutors or graduate writing consultants. 

We work closely with professors and teaching assistants in the writing-intensive courses, develop handouts based on particular assignments, and give targeted presentations to classes.

What we can provide:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Out-of-classroom learning
  • Improved technique
  • Immediate feedback
Alumni Story
Elizabeth Sturms

“Being able to convey ideas to people who may not speak the same language as you is something that I find myself using today. I work in IT, and being adaptable really helps in communicating with marketing, sales or people outside IT. I can draw on that experience and make something understandable for someone who doesn’t speak the IT lingo.”

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer walk-in appointments?
Yes, but they are not recommended, as there's no guarantee a tutor will be available. Time slots fill up quickly during peak times, so please make an appointment when possible.

What should I bring with me?
Bring a draft of your assignment, the assignment instructions, and the rubric. If you are making a speaking appointment, bring your presentation with you.

If working on a group project, should we all make an appointment?
We encourage at least two members of your group to attend each appointment. You can sign up for a special group appointment for three or more students.

I'm a business student, but I need help on a literature paper. Can you help?
If you are an undergraduate business major, we will work with you on papers for any class you are taking, including literature and rhetoric classes. We can also help you with personal statements and cover letters.

Support the Frank Center

We're able to provide communication training for Tippie students thanks to generous endowment gifts and donations. Support the Frank Business Communication Center and help us further our mission of molding the communication skills of tomorrow's business leaders.

Give to the Frank Center 

Contact

Mark Petterson, Assistant Director
mark-petterson@uiowa.edu
319-384-3333

Carl Follmer, Assistant Director, Accounting Writing Program
carl-follmer@uiowa.edu
319-335-0913