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An adaptation of Mastering Public Speaking 6e, this handbook provides the reader with a 2-color, less costly alternative to the 4-color book in a reference format, enabling quick and easy access to information. This book 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 emphasis on critiquing, ethics, and critical thinking.

By eliminating those activities not essential to learning the basics of public speaking, readers are then able to learn how to think critically as they choose speech topics, conduct research, organize content, select language, manage nervousness, and deliver speeches. Additionally, the tabbed sections include a quick overview to the chapters within the section.

The new edition of Mastering Public Speaking: The Handbook places greater emphasis on the practical application of theory and concepts. Following suggestions from reviewers and editors, the authors have updated examples, websites, and references to technology. With subtle deletions in theory sections, changes in language, and a greater humber of bulleted lists of suggestions and strategies, the authors have provided a stronger focus on application to help students become more effective speakers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1        An Introduction to Public Speaking

1.1       Why Study Public Speaking?

1.2       Definitions of Communication

1.3       Levels of Communication

1.4       Elements of Communication

1.5       The Public Speaker as Critical Thinker


Chapter 2        The Ethics of Public Speaking

2.1       Definition of Ethics

2.2       Principles of Ethics

2.3       Ethical Speaking

2.4       Ethical Listening

2.5       Fair Use Guidelines

2.6       Plagiarism


Chapter 3        Speaking Confidently

3.1       Recognize That Speaker Nervousness Is Normal

3.2       Control Speaker Nervousness

3.3       Build Speaker Confidence

3.4       Prepare Your First Speech


Chapter 4        Responding to Speeches

4.1       The Importance of Listening

4.2       Listening versus Hearing

4.3       The Process of Listening

4.4       Obstacles to Effective Listening

4.5       Promoting Better Listening

4.6       Critiquing Speeches

4.7       Acting on Criticism


Chapter 5        Analyzing Your Audience

5.1       Recognize the Value of Audience Diversity

5.2       Analyze Your Audience before the Speech

5.3       Analyze Your Audience during the Speech

5.4       Analyze Your Audience after the Speech


Chapter 6        Selecting Your Speech Topic

6.1       Generate Ideas

6.2       Select Your Topic

6.3       Focus Your Topic

6.4       Determine Your General Purpose

6.5       Formulate Your Specific Purpose

6.6       Word Your Thesis Statement

6.7       Develop Your Speech Title


Chapter 7        Researching Your Topic

7.1       Assess Your Personal Knowledge

7.2       Develop Your Research Plan

7.3       Collect Your Information

7.4       Collect and Evaluate Internet Resources

7.5       Record Your Information

7.6       Conclude Your Search


Chapter 8        Supporting Your Speech

8.1       Purposes of Supporting Materials

8.2       Types of Supporting Materials

8.3       Tests of Evidence

8.4       Citing Your Sources


Chapter 9        Organizing the Body of Your Speech

9.1       Formulate an Organizing Question

9.2       Divide the Speech into Key Ideas

9.3       Develop the Key Ideas

9.4       Connect the Key Ideas


Chapter 10      Introducing and Concluding Your Speech

10.1     Organize the Introduction of the Speech

10.2     Organize the Conclusion of the Speech


Chapter 11      Outlining Your Speech

11.1     Functions of Outlining

11.2     Principles of Outlining

11.3     Stages of Outlining


Chapter 12      Wording Your Speech

12.1     Functions of Language

12.2     Principles of Effective Language Use


Chapter 13      Delivering Your Speech

13.1     Principles of Nonverbal Communication

13.2     Methods of Delivery

13.3     Qualities of Effective Delivery

13.4     Elements of Vocal Delivery

13.5     Elements of Physical Delivery


Chapter 14      Using Presentational Aids

14.1     The Importance of Using Presentational Aids

14.2     Types of Presentational Aids

14.3     Projection of Visual Aids

14.4     Designing Visual Aids

14.5     Strategies for Using Presentational Aids


Chapter 15      Speaking to Inform

15.1     Characteristics of a Speech to Inform

15.2     Informative Speech Topics

15.3     Guidelines for Speaking to Inform

15.4     Annotated Sample Speech: Renaissance Fairs: The New Vaudeville


Chapter 16      The Strategy of Persuasion

16.1     The Importance of Persuasion

16.2     A Definition of Persuasion

16.3     Types of Influence

16.4     Types of Persuasive Speeches

16.5     Persuasive Speaking Strategies


Chapter 17      The Structure of Persuasion

17.1     Making and Refuting Arguments

17.2     Types of Argument

17.3     Fallacies of Argument

17.4     Selecting Propositions for Persuasive Speeches

17.5     Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

17.6     Annotated Sample Speech: Sustainable Giving


Chapter 18      Speaking on Special Occasions

18.1     The Speech of Introduction

18.2     The Speech of Presentation

18.3     The Acceptance Speech

18.4     The Speech of Tribute

18.5     The Speech to Entertain

18.6     The Impromptu Speech

18.7     The Question—Answer Period


Appendix A: Developing and Delivering Team Presentations

Preparing a Team Presentation

Brainstorm about the Topic

Do Some Exploratory Research

Discuss and Divide the Topic into Areas of Responsibility

Research Your Specific Topic Area

Draft an Outline of Your Content Area

Discuss How All the Information Interrelates

Finalize Presentation Procedures

Plan the Introduction and Conclusion of the Presentation

Prepare and Practice Your Speech

Rehearse and Revise the Presentation

Delivering a Team Presentation


Appendix B: Sample Speeches

Emancipation Complication: Crisis with the Foster Care System, Alicia Watson

How Old Is He Anyway? Aging the Whitetail Buck, Darla Goodrich

Steganography: Hidden Messages, Tiffanie K. Petrin

A Sign of the Times, Jared J. Johnson

The Amish: Seeking to Lose the Self, Susan Chontos

Speech of Tribute to Timothy J. Russert, Doris Kearns Goodwin

I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.




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