Concise Public Speaking Handbook, A, 6th edition

  • Steven A. Beebe, 
  • Susan J. Beebe

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Hallmark features of this title

  • Chapter 2, Improving Speaker Confidence, helps students manage the anxiety they may experience when they think about speaking to an audience.
  • A section on listening, critical thinking, and analyzing speeches fosters critical listening skills.
  • Ethics is emphasized throughout the text, as well as in the dedicated Chapter 4, Ethics and Free Speech.
  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students focus their study. The objectives are repeated at the start of every section to keep readers on track.
  • Quick Checks help students stay organized, listing items that can be checked off as each step in the speechmaking process is completed.
  • Study guides at the end of each chapter summarize chapter content and reinforce key learning objectives.

Published by Pearson (March 6th 2024) - Copyright © 2024

ISBN-13: 9780137982950

Subject: Communication

Category: Public Speaking

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction

  1. Speaking in Public
  2. Improving Your Confidence
  3. Presenting Your First Speech
  4. Ethics and Free Speech

Part 2: Analyzing an Audience

  1. Listening
  2. Analyzing Your Audience
  3. Adapting to Your Audience as You Speak

Part 3: Preparing a Speech

  1. Developing Your Speech
  2. Gathering Supporting Material
  3. Supporting Your Speech

Part 4: Crafting a Speech

  1. Organizing Your Speech
  2. Outlining and Revising Your Speech
  3. Developing an Introduction
  4. Developing a Conclusion
  5. Using Words Well

Part 5: Delivering a Speech

  1. Methods of Delivery
  2. Nonverbal Communication
  3. Verbal Communication
  4. Delivering Your Speech
  5. Selecting Presentation Aids
  6. Developing and Using Presentation Aids

Part 6: Types of Speeches

  1. Informative Speaking
  2. Understanding Principles of Persuasive Speaking
  3. Using Persuasive Strategies
  4. Speaking on Special Occasions
  5. Speaking in Small Groups
  6. Mediated Public Speaking

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