Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 12th edition

  • Steven A. Beebe, 
  • Susan J. Beebe

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Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach is the comprehensive guide to the speech-making process with an emphasis on keeping listeners at the heart of the approach. Focusing on diverse audiences, ethics, and communication apprehension, authors Steven and Susan Beebe prepare you to deliver speeches while keeping your listeners foremost in mind.

The 12th Edition incorporates new examples, illustrations, and the latest research, plus updated coverage of sex and gender, ethnicity and race, and culture. In addition, new Technically Speaking feature boxes explore contemporary digital trends and potential technology roadblocks in public speaking. Topics include Zoom fatigue, deepfakes and preparing a podcast.

Published by Pearson (March 31st 2024) - Copyright © 2025

ISBN-13: 9780137988747

Subject: Communication

Category: Public Speaking


  1. Speaking with Confidence
  2. Presenting Your First Speech
  3. Speaking Freely and Ethically
  4. Listening to Speeches
  5. Analyzing Your Audience
  6. Developing Your Speech
  7. Gathering and Using Supporting Material
  8. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech
  9. Introducing and Concluding Your Speech
  10. Using Words Well: Speaker Language and Style
  11. Delivering Your Speech
  12. Using Presentation Aids
  13. Speaking to Inform
  14. Understanding Principles of Persuasive Speaking
  15. Using Persuasive Strategies
  16. Speaking for Special Occasions and Purposes


  1. Speaking in Small Groups
  2. Mediated Public Speaking
  3. Speeches for Analysis and Discussion

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