Mastering Public Speaking equips readers with a firm grounding in the "how's" and "why's" of public speaking by providing an ideal balance of theory and skills while placing an important emphasis on critiquing, ethics, and critical thinking. the fifth edition retains its popular and distinctive emphasis on the ethical contract between speaker and listener and on the value of critiquing speeches to improve one's own skills.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Student. Preface to the Instructor. 1. An Introduction to Public Speaking. Why Study Public Speaking? Definitions of Communication. Levels of Communication. Elements of Communication. The Public Speaker as Critical Thinker. 2. The Ethics of Public Speaking. Definition of Ethics. Principles of Ethics. Ethical Speaking. Ethical Listening. Fair Use Guidelines. Plagiarism. 3. Speaking Confidently. Recognize That Speaker Nervousness Is Normal. Control Speaker Nervousness. Learn How to Build Speaker Confidence. Prepare Your First Speech. 4. Responding to Speeches. The Importance of Listening. Listening vs. Hearing. The Process of Listening. Obstacles to Effective Listening. Promoting Better Listening. Critiquing Speeches. Acting on Criticism. 5. Analyzing Your Audience. Recognize the Value of Audience Diversity. Analyze Your AudienceBeforethe Speech. Analyze Your AudienceDuringthe Speech. Analyze Your AudienceAfterthe Speech 6. Selecting Your Speech Topic. Generate Ideas. Select Your Topic. Focus Your Topic. Determine Your General Purpose. Formulate Your Specific Purpose. Word Your Thesis Statement. Develop Your Speech Title. 7. Researching Your Topic. Assess Your Personal Knowledge. Develop Your Research Plan. Collect Your Information. Record Your Information. Conclude Your Search. 8. Supporting Your Speech. Purposes of Supporting Materials. Types of Supporting Materials. Tests of Evidence. Evaluating Electronic Information. Citing Your Sources. 9. Organizing the Body of Your Speech. Formulate an Organizing Question. Divide the Speech into Key Ideas. Develop the Key Ideas. Connect the Key Ideas. 10. Introducing and Co