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A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking

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Bedford/St. Martin's
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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 10/4/2012.
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Customer Reviews

Good Book!  December 5, 2014

I needed this book for a 100 level class that I was taking. It got shhipped within 2 days and arrived less than a week after I ordered. The book is fine minus some stickers on the back cover.

Great Book  September 16, 2014

This book helped me learn how to write better, as well as overcoming my fears of being a better public speaker. A will buy again.

A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking: 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 2 user reviews.


This best-selling brief introduction to public speaking offers practical coverage of every topic typically covered in a full-sized text, from invention, research, and organization, to practice and delivery. Its concise, inexpensive format makes it perfect for the public speaking course, and any setting across the curriculum, on the job, or in the community. The fourth edition offers even stronger coverage of the fundamentals of speechmaking, while also addressing the changing realities of public speaking in a digital world, with a new chapter on online presentations, and new tools and advice for finding and evaluating online sources.

Author Biography

Dan O'Hair is dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies. He is past Presidential Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the National Communication Association.  He is coauthor or coeditor of fifteen communication texts and scholarly volumes and has published more than eighty research articles and chapters in dozens of communication, psychology, and health journals and books.  He is a frequent presenter at national and international communication conferences, is on the editorial boards of various journals, and has served on numerous committees and task forces for regional and national communication associations.
Hannah Rubenstein is a writer and editor who has used her academic training in communication (MA, Fairfield University) to guide her collaborations on A Speaker's Guidebook (2010), Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices (1999), and other successful college texts. She heads her own communication firm, Hedgehog Productions.
Rob Stewart is an associate dean of arts and sciences and professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University. He is coauthor of A Speaker's Guidebook (2007), Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices (1999), and has also published over thirty articles and book chapters.

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