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Mastering Public Speaking equips the reader with a firm grounding in the “hows” and “whys” of public speaking by providing an ideal balance of theory and skills while placing important emphases on critiquing, ethics, and critical thinking.
Written in a casual, lively style and clearly organized, the Seventh Edition of Mastering Public Speaking builds on its previous success. The first public speaking book to devote an entire chapter to ethics, the Seventh Edition continues its popular and distinctive emphasis on the ethical contract between speaker and listener. Numerous examples from speeches by students from both two- and four-year schools illustrate all aspects of the speech-making process. The Seventh Edition also provides a current guide to researching databases and Internet sources, and a strong emphasis on how to evaluate Internet sites.
“Exploring Online” features throughout the book emphasize the wealth of information on the Internet and provide an explanation of fair use guidelines. Two solid chapters on persuasion highlight persuasive theory and application and types of argument, and include a discussion of logical fallacies.
“Speaking with Confidence” features throughout the Seventh Edition have students explain in their own words how various aspects of the speech process help build confidence. Marginal glossary entries, "Key Points" boxes, and bulleted chapter summaries aid both comprehension and retention.
Table of Contents
|An Introduction to Public Speaking|
|Definitions of Communication|
|Levels of Communication|
|Elements of Communication|
|The Public Speaker as Critical Thinker|
|The Ethics of Public Speaking|
|Definition of Ethics|
|Principles of Ethics|
|Theory into Practice: Civility in the Classroom|
|Fair Use Guidelines|
|Recognize That Speaker|
|Nervousness Is Normal Control|
|Learn How to Build Speaker|
|Confidence Prepare Your First Speech|
|Responding to Speeches|
|The Importance of Listening|
|Listening versus Hearing|
|The Process of Listening|
|Obstacles to Effective Listening|
|Promoting Better Listening|
|Acting on Criticism|
|Analyzing Your Audience|
|Recognize the Value of Audience|
|Your Audiencebeforethe Speech Analyze|
|Your Audienceduringthe Speech Analyze|
|Your Audienceafterthe Speech|
|Selecting Your Speech Topic|
|Theory into Practice: Selecting Your Topic|
|Focus Your Topic|
|Determine Your General Purpose|
|Formulate Your Specific Purpose|
|Word Your Thesis|
|Your Speech Title|
|Researching Your Topic|
|Assess Your Personal Knowledge|
|Develop Your Research Plan|
|Collect Your Information|
|Record Your Information|
|Conclude Your Search|
|Supporting Your Speech|
|Purposes of Supporting Materials|
|Types of Supporting Materials|
|Tests of Evidence|
|Evaluating Electronic Information|
|Citing Your Sources|
|Organizing the Body of Your Speech|
|Formulate an Organizing Question|
|Divide the Speech into Key Ideas|
|Develop the Key Ideas|
|Connect the Key Ideas|
|Introducing and Concluding Your Speech|
|Organize the Introduction of the Speech|
|Organize the Conclusion of the Speech|
|Outlining Your Speech|
|Functions of Outlining Principles of Outlining |