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Principles of Public Speaking

20th Edition

By Kathleen German


270 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Balancing skills and theory, this introductory public speaking textbook encourages the reader to see public speaking as a way to build community in today’s diverse world. Within a framework that emphasizes speaker responsibility, listening, and cultural awareness, this classic book uses examples from college, workplace, political, and social communication to make the study of public speaking relevant, contemporary, and exciting. This new edition includes expanded coverage of mediated speaking with examples from podcasts and online speaking contexts; discussion of ethical issues of contemporary public discourse, including disinformation and public civility; and tips for extemporaneous speaking. This textbook is ideal for general courses on public speaking as well as specialized programs in business, management, political communication, and public affairs. A companion website including an instructor’s manual containing discussion questions, exercises, quiz questions, and suggestions for syllabus design is available at …

Table of Contents

I. Public Speaking in an Electronic World

1. Public Speaking in a Civil Society

2. Getting Started 3. Coping With Anxiety

4. Critical Listening

II. Planning and Preparing Your Speech

5. Understanding Your Audience

6. Finding and Using Supporting Materials

7. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech

8. Beginning and Ending Your Speech

III. Presenting Your Speech

9. Wording Your Speech

10. Delivering Your Speech

11. Using Visual Media

IV. Types of Public Speaking

12. Speeches to Inform

13. Speeches to Persuade

14. Argumentation and Critical Thinking

15. Speaking in Community Settings

About the Author

Kathleen M. German is Professor of Media and Culture at Miami University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Communication / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Communication / Meetings & Presentations
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills