A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2008-08-05
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking embodies an innovative, classroom-proven technique for teaching public speaking that sets it apart from other texts and handbooks. The listener-centered approach using a framework known as listenabilityrelies on two major principles: conversation and considerateness. Considerate speakers prepare and deliver their presentation from a listener-centered mindset and the heavy reliance on the conversational approach allows them to use their own voices as they do so. Using a student-friendly tone, lively examples, and practical advice, the handbook helps students develop successful speeches from the first week of class.

Table of Contents

Benefits And Responsibilities Of Public Speaking
– Speaking In Public 1A – Recognize the benefits of knowing how to speak in public 1B – Manage your learning process 1C – View public speaking as communication 1D – Appreciate the nature and history of the public speaking course
– Giving Your First Speech – The Public Speaking Process 2A – Understand the general process of preparing, organizing, and presenting a speech 2B – Use the Keys to Listenability to help you manage the speechmaking process
– Creating Confident Presentations 3A – Understand why feel “nervous” 3B – Make adrenaline work for you rather than against you 3C – Use strategies for reducing and managing excess Speaker’s Energy
– Applying Ethics 4A – Know what ethics is 4B – Recognize ethical challenges and their consequences 4C – Make the choice to be ethical 4D – Follow these guidelines for ethical speaking 4E – Avoid plagiarism: an essential ethical practice 4F – Use civility as a companion to ethical speaking
– Listening to the Speeches of Others 5A – Know what good listening is 5B – Understand the listening process 5C – Differentiate listening levels 5D – Be an excellent public listener
– Knowing and Evaluating Yourself as a Public Speaker 6A – Take an honest self-inventory: Where are you now? 6B – Set a concrete personal goal for each presentation 6C – Start your self-evaluation 6D – Follow these guidelines when evaluating another speaker
– Getting Started
– Approaching Public Speaking as a Listener-Centered Practice 7A – Understand the nature of your public listeners 7B – Appeal to listener needs through listenability 7C –Listenability goal #1: Satisfy the listener’s need for conversational patterns 7D –Listenability goal #2: Be considerate – minimize demands on listeners
– Analyzing Your Audience 8A – Understand the role of audience analysis 8B – Adapt your presentation based on audience analysis 8C – Know how to analyze your audience 8D – Know when to analyze your audience 8E – Understand the speaking situation
– Determining Your Speech Purpose, Topic and Thesis 9A – Consider the general reason for the speaking event 9B – Know where to find your topic 9C – Choose your topic early 9D – Explore topics of general audience interest 9E – Explore topics of specific audience interest 9F – Choose a meaningful topic 9G – Move from topic to thesis statement
– Incorporating Your Research 10A – Follow these tips before starting your research 10B – Make use of the breadth of sources available for research 10C – Evaluate your sources to ensure your credibility 10D – Cite sources for listener comprehension
– Supporting Your Ideas 11A – Select the right form of support 11B – Use objective support 11C – Use illustrative support 11D – Use subjective support 11E – Use testimony as support
– Organizing And Developing Your Speech
– Organizing Your Ideas 12A – Finalize the thesis statement and develop main points for an informative speech 12B – Finali
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