A Speaker's Guidebook Text and Reference

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2014-10-24
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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What is included with this book?


A Speaker's Guidebook is the best resource for public speaking in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. Praised for connecting with students who use it (and keep it!) year after year, this tabbed, comb-bound text covers all the topics typically taught in the introductory course and is the easiest-to-use public speaking text available. In every edition, including this one, hundreds of instructors have helped the book focus on overcoming the fundamental challenges of the public speaking classroom. Print and digital tools converge in this edition to help students with every aspect of the speech building process. A new, gorgeous collection of speech videos, accompanied by questions, model speech techniques. Meanwhile, the adaptive quizzing program, LearningCurve, creates a personalized learning experience adjusted to each individual.

A Speaker's Guidebook is also available in a variety of digital formats, including the brand-new, time-saving LaunchPad edition that combines an interactive e-book, integrated videos and tools, and ready-made assessment options curated into easy-to-assign units inside one convenient learning program. See what's in the LaunchPad

Author Biography

Dan O’Hair is dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. 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 eighteen communication texts and scholarly volumes and has published more than ninety 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.


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.
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.

Table of Contents

Getting Started with Confidence
1. Becoming a Public Speaker
2. Giving It a Try: Preparing Your First Speech

Public Speaking Basics
3. Managing Speech Anxiety
4. Listeners and Speakers
5. Ethical Public Speaking

Audience Analysis and Topic Selection

6. Analyzing the Audience
7. Selecting a Topic and Purpose

Supporting the Speech
8. Developing Supporting Materials
9. Finding Credible Print and Online Materials
10. Citing Sources in Your Speech

Organizing and Outlining
11. Organizing the Body of the Speech
12. Types of Organizational Arrangements
13. Outlining the Speech

Introductions, Conclusions, and Language
14. Developing the Introduction
15. Developing the Conclusion
16. Using Language to Style the Speech

Vocal and Nonverbal Delivery

17. Methods of Delivery
18. The Voice in Delivery
19. The Body in Delivery

Presentation Aids
20. Using Presentation Aids in the Speech
21. Designing Presentation Aids
22. Using Presentation Software

Forms of Speeches
23. The Informative Speech
24. The Persuasive Speech
25. Developing Arguments for the Persuasive Speech
26. Organizing the Persuasive Speech
27. Special Occasion Speeches

Speaking Beyond the Speech Classroom
28. Preparing Online Presentations
29. Collaborating and Presenting in Groups
30. Business and Professional Presentations
31. Speaking in Your Other Courses

Sample Speeches
Sample Informative Speech
Sample Persuasive Speeches
Sample Special Occasion Speeches

Reference and Research Appendices
Commonly Mispronounced Words
B. Chicago Documentation
C. APA Documentation
D. Glossary

Online Appendices
Handling Question and Answer Sessions
F. Preparing for TV and Radio Communication
G. Public Discussions: Panels, Symposiums, Forums
H. MLA Documentation
I. CBE/CSE Documentation
J. IEEE Documentation


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