Principles of Public Speaking

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  • Edition: CD
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/1/2000
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Principles of Public Speaking has been a best-seller for over half a decade because of its commitment to providing cutting-edge coverage of speech principles, practical concerns, and technology. The book's practical approach to building speaking skills is supported by a framework that emphasizes speaker responsibility, critical thinking and listening, and cultural awareness. It uses examples from college, workplace, political, and social communication to make the study of public speaking relevant and exciting for students, and encourages them to see public speaking as a way to "build community" in today's diverse world. The 14th Edition features a new title and a new lead author, Kathleen German. It also offers students the latest in using technology in speech-making and features a unique integrated text and technology learning system. The textbook and its Companion Website are linked in two ways: through new "Web Exploration" icons in the text margins and through new "Surfing the Web" Internet activities in the end-of-chapter material. The text is also linked to the FREE Speech Writer's Workshop CD-ROM that comes in every new copy of the 14th Edition. CD-ROM icons in the text margins direct students to appropriate parts of the Speech Writer's Workshop CD-ROM where they can engage in interactive worksheets and find extra help on topics. This unique and exciting integration of text and technology engages students while it helps them create more successful speeches.

Table of Contents

Contents vii
Preface xvii
PART 1 Public Speaking and Critical Listening
Speechmaking in an Age of Diversity
Getting Started
Critical Listening
Public Speaking and Cultural Life
PART 2 Planning and Preparing Your Speech
Understanding Your Audience
Finding Supporting Materials
Using Supporting Materials
Organizing and Outlining Your Speech
Beginning and Ending Your Speech
PART 3 Presenting Your Speech
Wording Your Speech
Delivering Your Speech
Using Visual Aids
PART 4 Types of Public Speaking
Speeches to Inform
Speeches to Persuade
Argumentation and Critical Thinking
Appendix Speaking at Community-and Group-Centered Events 299(20)
Credits 319(2)
Index 321

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