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Offers an audience-centered approach to public speaking
A Concise Public Speaking Handbook integrates the steps of preparing and delivering a speech with the ongoing process of considering the audience. The comprehensive coverage of key public speaking topics and skills makes this title an ideal core text for public speaking courses and its low cost makes it affordable as a supplement for any course or setting that requires public speaking.
Steven A. Beebe is serving in his 28th year as Chair, of the Department of Communication Studies at
Texas State University. He is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies. He also served as Associate Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication for 25 years. Steve is an author and co-author of twelve books (with multiple editions totaling more than 65 books), more than 50 articles and book chapters, as well as over 150 papers and presentations at professional conferences. Steve’s communication books have been used at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world making him one of the top communication textbook authors in the United States. Steve is President of the National Communication Association (NCA), the largest professional communication association in the world.
Susan J. Beebe has been on the faculty of the Department of English at Texas State University-San Marcos since 1988. As Director of Lower-Division Studies in English, she directs the first-year writing and sophomore literature programs and helps to train and mentor some 60 graduate teaching assistants annually. Sue’s professional interests and expertise encompass both oral and written communication. She has co-authored with Steven Beebe several communication textbooks used at more than a thousand universities worldwide. In addition, she has published articles, conference papers, and teaching materials in both English and communication studies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
Chapter 1: Speaking in Public
Chapter 2: Improving Your Confidence
Chapter 3: Presenting Your First Speech
Chapter 4: Ethics and Free Speech
Part 2: Analyzing an Audience
Chapter 5: Listening
Chapter 6: Analyzing Your Audience
Chapter 7: Adapting to Your Audience as You Speak
Part 3: Preparing a Speech
Chapter 8: Developing Your Speech
Chapter 9: Gathering Supporting Material
Chapter 10: Supporting Your Speech
Part 4: Crafting a Speech
Chapter 11: Organizing Your Speech
Chapter 12: Developing an Introduction
Chapter 13: Developing a Conclusion
Chapter 14: Outlining and Revising Your Speech
Chapter 15: Using Words Well
Part 5: Delivering a Speech
Chapter 16: Methods of Delivery
Chapter 17: Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 18: Verbal Communication
Chapter 19: Adapting and Delivering Your Speech
Chapter 20: Selecting Presentation Aids
Chapter 21: Preparing and Using Presentation Aids
Part 6: Types of Speeches
Chapter 22: Informative Speaking
Chapter 23: Understanding Principles of Persuasive Speaking
Chapter 24: Using Persuasive Strategies
Chapter 25: Speaking on Special OccasionsChapter 26: Speaking in Small Groups