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

  • Steven A. Beebe, 
  • Susan J. Beebe

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Hallmark features of this title

  • The authors' polished prose, concise style and lively voice engage readers.
  • Powerful and interesting examples, both classic and contemporary and drawn from both student speakers and famous orators, resonate with student speakers.
  • Coverage of ethical and diverse speaking is integrated throughout the text to stress that these issues are an essential part of being an audience-centered speaker.
  • Developing Your Speech Step by Step boxes provide students with extended examples of how to implement audience-centered speechmaking concepts.
  • Integrated pedagogical features guide students as they learn. These include learning objectives, recap boxes and chapter-ending study guides.

Published by Pearson (October 2nd 2023) - Copyright © 2024

ISBN-13: 9780137988747

Subject: Communication

Category: Public Speaking

Table of contents

  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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