The Natural Speaker

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-31
  • Publisher: SCHOLG
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The Natural Speakeris a concise, practical, inexpensive, student-friendly guide to public speaking that explores the basic skills necessary to present a natural, effective, and rewarding speech to any audience.By providing a basic knowledge of speech construction, practice, and delivery, this book is designed to enhance and improve students'natural speaking strengths. Featuring a warm, simple, and humorous writing style, The Natural Speakerpresents the fundamental concepts and skills required for effective speaking.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Communicating with Others: Your Most Important Skillp. 1
What Is Communication?p. 2
The Components of Communicationp. 2
The Principles of Communicationp. 4
Attitude Is More Important than Aptitudep. 6
Communication Skills for Your Lifep. 7
Communication Activitiesp. 14
Giving Yourself Permission: Welcoming a New Youp. 16
Giving Yourself Permission to Make Mistakesp. 16
A Permission List for Speakersp. 17
Giving Yourself Permission to Overcome Your Fear of Speakingp. 19
Why Are You So Nervous?p. 20
Public Speaking Is Different from Conversationp. 21
Some Encouraging Words about Stage Frightp. 22
Will I Ever Get Rid of These Butterflies?p. 25
Adventure and Growth, Not Safetyp. 25
Communication Activitiesp. 26
The Basics of Public Speaking: Seeing Your Speech as Your Lifep. 28
Your First Speechp. 29
Public Speakingp. 29
Three Principles for Public Speakingp. 29
Four Speaking Methodsp. 31
Your Messagep. 33
Your Speech Organizationp. 34
Your Deliveryp. 37
Being an Ethical Speakerp. 39
Helpful Hints for Your First Speechp. 42
Impromptu Speakingp. 43
Communication Activitiesp. 48
Organizing Your Speech: Keeping It Simplep. 51
Keep It Simplep. 52
Speech Organizationp. 52
The Bodyp. 53
The Introductionp. 58
The Conclusionp. 60
Constructing Your Speech Outlinep. 62
Speaking Notesp. 64
Communication Activitiesp. 67
Selecting Your Topic: Choosing Your Pathp. 69
It's Your Choicep. 69
Brainstorming Possible Topicsp. 70
Determining Your Speaking Purposep. 73
Determining Your Specific Purposep. 73
Selecting Your Main Pointsp. 74
Analyzing Your Audiencep. 76
Gathering Information about Your Audiencep. 79
Speech Preparation Questionnairep. 81
Communication Activitiesp. 83
Gathering Your Material: What You Sow Is What You Reapp. 85
What to Look Forp. 86
Where to Look for Speech Informationp. 95
How to RecordYour Speech Informationp. 100
The Evidence Three-Stepp. 101
Communication Activitiesp. 101
Listening to Others: Being Good to the Speakerp. 103
The Listening Processp. 104
Barriers to Listeningp. 105
Bridges to Listeningp. 107
The Benefits of Listeningp. 110
Communication Activitiesp. 113
Delivering Your Speech: Being Yourselfp. 115
Characteristics of Good Deliveryp. 115
Elements of Good Deliveryp. 118
Speech Practicep. 123
Your Delivery between Speechesp. 127
Take the Opportunity to View Your Speechp. 128
Communication Activitiesp. 130
Informing Your Audience: Teaching Othersp. 133
Goals of Informative Speakingp. 134
Designs for Informative Speakingp. 138
Language Use for Informative Speakingp. 142
Types of Informative Speechesp. 145
Answering Questions from the Audiencep. 147
Communication Activitiesp. 150
Persuading Your Audience: Changing Othersp. 151
Basics of Persuasionp. 152
Aristotle's Three Persuasive Proofsp. 153
Types of Persuasive Speechesp. 162
Special Occasion Speechesp. 167
Communication Activitiesp. 171
Indexp. 173
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