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Practically Speaking

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2016-11-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Widely praised for its conversational tone and clear advice, Practically Speaking is the public speaking textbook your students will actually read. Filled with engaging stories and examples, sound scholarship and recent research, and useful tips and tricks, Practically Speaking shows students how to get started, practice thinking critically, and ultimately develop their own voice.

Author Biography

J. Dan Rothwell is chair of the Communication Studies Department at Cabrillo College. He has authored four other books: In Mixed Company: Communication in Small Groups and Teams (2015), and In the Company of Others (2016). During his extensive teaching career, Dr. Rothwell has received numerous teaching awards, including most recently: the 2011 National Communication Association Community College Educator of the Year award; 2010 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology; and the 2010 Cabrillo College Innovative Teacher of the Year award.

Table of Contents

Chapter 01: Communication Competence and Public Speaking
Defining Communication
Communication as a Transactional Process: Working with an Audience
Communication as Sharing Meaning: Making Sense
Defining Communication Competence in Public Speaking
Effectiveness: Achieving Goals
Degrees of Effectiveness: From Deficient to Proficiency
Audience Orientation: You Are Not Talking to Yourself
Appropriateness: Speaking by the Rules
Achieving Competent Public Speaking
Knowledge: Learning the Rules
Skills: Showing Not Just Knowing
Sensitivity: Developing Receptive Accuracy
Commitment: Acquiring a Passion for Excellence
Ethics: Determining the Right and Wrong of Speaking
Ethical Standards: Judging Moral Correctness of Speech
Plagiarism: Never Inconsequential
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 02: Speech Anxiety
Speech Anxiety as a Challenge
Pervasiveness of Speech Anxiety: A Common Experience
Symptoms: Flight-or-Flight Response
Basic Symptoms: Your Body's Response to Threat
Appropriateness of Symptoms: Relevance to Public Speaking
Causes of Dysfunctional Anxiety and Basic Strategies
Self-Defeating Thoughts: Sabotaging Your Speech
Catastrophic Thinking: Fear of Failure
Perfectionist Thinking: No Mistakes Permitted
Desire for Complete Approval: Trying Not to Offend
The Illusion of Transparency: Being Nervous about Looking Nervous
Anxiety-Provoking Situations: Considering Context
Novelty of the Speaking Situation: Uncertainty
Conspicuousness: In the Spotlight
Types of Speeches: Varying Responses
Strategies for Managing Speech Anxiety
Prepare and Practice: Transforming Novelty into Familiarity
Gain Realistic Perspective: Rational Not Irrational Thinking
Adopt a Noncompetitive Communication Orientation: Reframing
Use Coping Statements: Rational Reappraisal
Use Positive Imaging: Visualizing Success
Use Relaxation Techniques: Reducing Fight-or-Flight Response
Try Systematic Desensitization: Incremental Relaxation
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 3. Audience Analysis
Types of Audiences
Captive Audience: Disengaged Listeners
Committed Audience: Agreeable Listeners
Contrary Audience: Hostile Listeners
Concerned Audience: Eager Listeners
Casual Audience: Unexpected Listeners
Audience Composition
Age: Possible Generation Gaps
Gender: Go Beyond Simplistic Stereotypes
Ethnicity and Culture: Sensitivity to Diversity
Group Affiliations: A Window into Listeners' Views
Adapting to Diverse Audiences
Establish Identification: Connecting with Your Audience
Likeability: I Can Relate to You
Stylistic Similarity: Looking and Acting the Part
Substantive Similarity: Establishing Common Ground
Build Credibility: Establishing Believability
Adapt to the Situation: Influence of Circumstances
Adapt While Speaking: Exhibit Sensitivity
Topic Choice and Audience Adaptation
Exploring Potential Topics: Important Choice
Do a Personal Inventory: You as Topic Source
Brainstorm: New Possibilities
Crowdsourcing for Topics: Group Wisdom
Scanning for Topics: Quick Ideas
Appropriateness of Topic: Blending Topic and Audience
Speaker Appropriateness: Suitability for You
Audience Appropriateness: Suitability for Your Listeners
Occasion Appropriateness: Suitability for the Event
Narrowing the Topic: Making Subjects Manageable
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 4. Gathering Material
The Internet: Online Research
Search Engines
Metasearch Engines
Virtual Libraries
Government Sites
Survey Sites
Internet Search Tips
Wikipedia: Credible Scholarship or Mob Rule?
Blogging Sites: Be Very Choosy
Famous Quotation Sties: The Wisdom of Others
Evaluating Internet Information: Basic Steps
Libraries: Bricks-and-Mortar Research Facilities
Librarian: Expert Navigator
Library Catalogues: Computer Versions
Periodicals: Popular Information Sources
Newspapers: An Old Standby
Reference Works: Beyond Wikipedia
Databases: Computerized Collections of Credible Information
Interviewing: Questioning Experts
Interview Plan: Be Prepared
Interview Conduct: Act Appropriately
Interviewing by Email: Surprise Yourself
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 5. Using Supporting Materials Effectively
Using Examples Competently
Types of Examples: Specific Illustrations
Hypothetical Examples: It Could Happen
Real Examples: It Did Happen
Brief Examples: Short and to the Point
Extended Examples: Telling a Story
Using Examples Effectively: Choose Carefully
Use Relevant Examples: Stay on Point
Choose Vivid Examples: Create Images
Use Representative Examples: Reflect What Is Accurate
Stack Examples: When One Is Not Enough
Using Statistics Competently
Measures of Central Tendency: Determining What Is Typical
Mean: Your Average Statistic
Median: An in-the-Center Statistic
Mode: Most Frequent Statistic
How to Use Statistics Effectively: Beyond Numbing Numbers
Use Accurate Statistics Accurately: No Distorting
Make Statistics Concrete: Meaningful Numbers
Make Statistical Comparisons: Gaining Perspective
Stack Statistics: Creating Impact
Use Credible Sources: Build Believability
Using Testimony Competently
Types of Testimony: Relying on Others
Testimony of Experts: Relying on Those in the Know
Eyewitness Testimony: You Had to Be There
Testimony of Non-Experts: Ordinary Folks Adding Color to Events
How to Use Testimony
Quote or Paraphrase Accurately: Consider Context
Use Qualified Sources: Credibility Matters
General Considerations across Types
Choose Interesting Supporting Materials: Counteracting Boredom
Cite Sources Completely: No Vague References
Abbreviate Source Citations: Brief Reference Reminders
Combine Examples, Stats, and Quotes: The Power of Three
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 6. Attention: Getting People to Listen
Nature or Attention
Selective Attention of Listeners: Filtering Stimuli
Mindful Listening: Focused Attention
[Box Feature] Developing Competence in Public Speaking: How to Be a Mindful Speaker
Attention Strategies: Triggering Listening
Novelty: The Allure of the New
Unusual Topics: Choosing Outside the Box
Unusual Examples: The Anti-Sedative
Unusual Stories: Nothing Like a Good Tale
Unusual Phrasing: It Is in the Wording
Startling Appeal: Shake up Your Listeners
Startling Statements, Facts, or Statistics: The "Oh WOW" Effect
Inappropriate Use: Beware Bizarre Behavior
The Vital Appeal: Meaningfulness
Humorous Appeal: Keep Listeners Laughing
Do Not Force Humor: Not Everyone Is Funny
Use Only Relevant Humor: Stay Focused
Be Sensitive to Audience and Occasion: Humor Can Backfire
Consider Using Self-Deprecating Humor: "I'm Not Worthy"
Movement and Change: Our Evolutionary Protection
Intensity: Extreme Degree of a Stimulus
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 7. Introductions and Conclusions
Objectives for Competent Introductions
Gain Attention: Focusing Your Listeners
Begin with a Clever Quotation: Let Others Grab Attention
Use Questions: Engage Your Listeners
Tell a Relevant Story: Use Narrative Power
Begin with a Simple Visual Aid: Show and Tell
Refer to Remarks of Introduction: Acknowledging Praise
Make A Clear Purpose Statement: Providing Intent
Establish Topic Significance: Making Your Listeners Care
Establish Your Credibility: Why Listeners Should Believe You
Preview The Main Points: The Coming Attractions
Objectives for Competent Conclusions
Summarize The Main Points: Connecting The Dots
Refer to the Introduction: Bookending Your Speech
Make a Memorable Finish: Sizzle Do Not Fizzle
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Chapter 8. Outlining and Organizing Speeches
Effective Outlining
Standard Formatting: Using Correct Symbols
Division: Dividing the Pie
Coherence: Logical Consistency and Clarity
Completeness: Using Full Sentences
Balance: No Lopsided Time Allotment
[Box Feature] A Student Outline: Rough Draft and Revision
Effective Organization: Creating Patterns
Topical Pattern: By the Subjects
Chronological Pattern: According to Time
Spatial Pattern: Visualization
Causal Pattern: Who or What Is Responsible
Problem-Solution Pattern: Meeting Needs
Problem-Cause-Solution Pattern: Knowing Why and How
Comparative Advantages Pattern: Who or What Is Better
Monroe's Motivated Sequence: Five-Step Pattern
Narrative Pattern: Telling a Story
Connecting the Dots: Additional Tips
Provide Definitions
Use Signposts
Make Transitions
Use Internal Previews
Give Internal Summaries
Preparation Versus Presentation Outlines
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 9. Speaking Style: Using Language
Oral Versus Written Style
Style in the Electronic Age
Standards of Competent Oral Style
Clarity: Saying What You Mean
Precision: Picking the Apt Words
Vividness: Painting a Picture
Metaphor and Simile: Figures of Speech
Alliteration: Several of the Same Sounds
Repetition: Rhythmic Cadence
Antithesis: Using Opposites
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 10. Delivering Your Speech
Methods of Competent Delivery
Manuscript Speaking: Looking for Precision
Memorized Speaking: Memory Do Not Fail Me Now
Impromptu Speaking: Off-the-Cuff Presentations
Extemporaneous Speaking: The Virtues of an Outline
Developing Competent Delivery
Eye Contact: Connecting with Your Audience
Voice: Developing Vocal Variety
Fluency: Avoiding Excessive Vocal Fillers
Speaking Rate: Finding the Right Pace
Articulation and Pronunciation: Striving for Clarity of Speech
Body Movements: Finding the Right Balance
Podium Usage: Avoiding the Lectern Lean
Microphone Usage: Amplifying Your Delivery
Distracting Behaviors: Avoiding Interference
Audience-Centered Delivery: Matching the Context
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 11. Visual Aids
Benefits of Visual Aids: Reasons to Use Them
Types of Visual Aids: Making Appropriate Choices
Objects: Show and Tell
Models: Practical Representations
Graphs: Making Statistics Clear and Interesting
Maps: Making a Point Geographically
Tables: Factual and Statistical Comparisons
Photographs: Very Visual Aids
Drawings: Photo Substitutes
Visual Aids Media: Simple to Technologically Advanced
Chalkboard and Whiteboard: All Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct
Poster Board: Simplicity Itself
Handouts: An Old Standby
Video Excerpts: DVDs, YouTube, and Visual Power
Projection Equipment: Blowing It Up
Computer-Assisted Presentations: PowerPoint
[Box Feature] PowerPoint: Lots of Power, Little Point?
Guidelines for Competent Use: Aids Not Distractions
Keep Aids Simple
Make Aids Visible
Make Aids Neat, Attractive, and Accurate
Do Not Block the Audience's View
Keep Aids Close to You
Put the Aid Out of Sight When Not in Use
Practice with Aids
Do Not Circulate Your Aids
Do Not Talk in the Dark
Anticipate Problems
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 12. Skepticism: Becoming Critical Thinking Speakers and Listeners
Skepticism, True Belief, and Cynicism
Dangers of True Belief
The Process of True Believing
Confirmation Bias: Searching for Support
Rationalization of Disconfirmation: Clinging to Falsehoods
Shifting the Burden of Proof: Whose Obligation Is It?
The Process of Skepticism: Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Probability Model: Likely but Not Certain
Possibility: Could Happen, but Do Not Bet on It
Plausibility: Making a Logical Case
Probability: What Are the Odds?
Certainty: Without Exception
Skepticism and Open-Mindedness: Inquiring Minds, Not Empty Minds
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 13. Argument, Reasoning, and Evidence
An Argument: Staking Your Claim
Syllogism: Formal Logic
Toulmin Structure of Argument: Informal Logic
Criteria for Reasoning and Evidence: Is It Fact or Fallacy?
Credibility: Should We Believe You?
Manufactured or Questionable Statistics: Does It Make Sense?
Biased Source: Grinding an Ax
Expert Quoted Out of Field: No Generic Experts Allowed
Relevance: Does It Follow?
Ad Hominem Fallacy: Diversionary Tactic
Ad Populum Fallacy: Arguing from Public Opinion
Sufficiency: Got Enough?
Self-Selected Sample: Partisan Power
Inadequate Sample: Large Margin of Error
Hasty Generalization: Arguing from Example
Correlation Mistaken for Causation: X Does Not Necessarily Cause Y
False Analogy: Mixing Apples and Oranges
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 14. Informative Speaking
Distinguishing Informative from Persuasive Speaking
Noncontroversial Information: Staying Neutral
Precursor to Persuasion: No Call to Action
Types of Informative Speeches
Reports: Facts in Brief
Explanations: Deeper Understanding
Demonstrations: Acting Out
Narratives: Storytelling
Speeches that Compare: Balancing the Pros and Cons
Guidelines for Competent Informative Speaking
Be Informative: Tell Us What We Do Not Know
Adapt to Your Audience: Topic Choice and Knowledge Base
Avoid Information Overload: Beware the Data Dump
Tell Your Story Well: Narrative Tips
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 15. Foundations of Persuasive Speaking
Defining Persuasion
Goals of Persuasion
Conversion: Radical Persuasion
Modification: Do Not Ask for the Moon
Maintenance: Keep 'Em Coming Back
Attitude-Behavior Consistency
Direct Experience: No Second-Hand Attitudes
Social Pressure: Getting Heat from Others
Effort Required: Degree of Difficulty
Elaboration Likelihood Model
Propositions: Fact, Value, and Policy Claims
Culture and Persuasion
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 16. Persuasive Speaking Strategies
Enhance the Speaker: Identification and Credibility
Use Logic and Evidence: A Persuasive Focus
Persuasive Arguments: Quality and Quantity
Persuasive Evidence: Statistics versus Narratives
Try Emotional Appeals: Beyond Logic
General Emotional Appeals: Motivating Change
Fear Appeals: Are You Scared Yet?
Anger Appeals: Moderately Upset
Ethics and Emotional Appeals: Is It Wrong To Be Peripheral?
Frame Your Case: Shaping Attitude and Behavior with Language
Induce Cognitive Dissonance: Creating Tension
Use the Contrast Effect: Minimize the Magnitude
Use a Two-Sided Organizational Pattern: Refutation
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Chapter 17. Speeches for Special Occasions
Tribute Addresses
Toasts: Raising a Glass in Tribute
Roasts: Poking Fun with Admiration
Tribute to Colleagues: Honoring the Departing
Eulogies: Praising the Departed
Introductions of Featured Speakers
Speeches of Presentation
Speeches of Acceptance
Commencement Addresses
After-Dinner Speeches
Ted Talks and YouTube Videos

Appendix A Text of an Informative Speech: "The Annual Plague"
Appendix B Text of a Persuasive Speech: "Get Big Money Out of College Sports"

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