Public Speaking: A Meta-Communicative Approach provides an innovative approach to acquiring public speaking skills, stressing both the theoretical underpinnings as well as the practical tools one needs to structure and deliver meaningful, dynamic presentations. It offers alternative ways of looking at public speaking: the significance of passion; a prismatic-way-of-thinking; the pervasiveness of persuasion; the assumption that teaching is taking place in every presentation; the power of meta-messages; and overarching ways to look at the public speaking enterprise. This one-of-a-kind textbook also offers real-world scenarios to equip students for speaking engagements they may face in professional contexts.
Table of Contents
PREFACE: TO THE SPEAKER-IN-PROGRESS
A GUIDE TO USING THIS TEXTBOOK
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING: THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
Chapter 1. WHY PUBLIC SPEAKING?
Chapter 2. MAKING IT WORK: THE BASICS
PART II: STRUCTURING YOUR PRESENTATION: ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS THAT WORK
Chapter 3: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: PROVIDING A TRANSPARENT STRUCTURE
Chapter 4. DEFINING: ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON STRUCTURING YOUR PRESENTATION
Chapter 5. MAKING A LASTING IMPACT: ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS THAT WORK
Chapter 6: MAKING IT STICK: SUPPORTING YOUR PROMISE
PART III: MAKING THAT CONNECTION
Chapter 7: CONNECTING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE: ELIMINATING THAT 4TH WALL
PART IV: CONSIDERING LANGUAGE: THE IMPACT OF THE VERBAL & NONVERBAL
Chapter 8. LANGUAGE THAT WORKS
PART V: ENHANCING YOUR PRESENTATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 9: MAKING IT SPIFFY WITH PRESENTATION AIDS
Chapter 10. TO MEDIATE OR NOT TO MEDIATE: The Pros and Cons of Technology
PART VI: CONQUERING THE FEAR FACTOR
Chapter 11. NOT FEARING FEAR
Chapter 12. THE PERVASIVENESS OF PERSUASION
PART VII: PLAYING TEACHER: JUMPSTARTING YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING PROWESS
Chapter 13. PLAYING TEACHER: How Micro-teaching can enhance your public speaking
PART VIII: PUTTING PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS TO THE TEST ON THE JOB
Chapter 14. SPEAKING ON THE JOB
AFTERWORD: MAKING IT WORK: A RETROSPECT
APPENDIX A: Glossary of Public Speaking Talk
APPENDIX B: Speeches for Analysis and Discussion
APPENDIX C: Quick Reference Guide to Speech Preparation & Delivery
APPENDIX D: Student's Guide for Evaluating a Speech
APPENDIX E: Sample Speech Assignments (Commemorative/Definition/Persuasive/Micro-teaching)
APPENDIX F: Complete List of Keepers & Caveats
APPENDIX G: Meditation Exercise
Jerald Goldstein has taught presentation skills in both university and corporate settings, both in Germany and the United States. Besides presentation skills, Jerald has taught writing, comparative literature, English, and German for several universities, including Rutgers, The New School, NYU, Princeton, and the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany.
"This one-of-a-kind textbook provides a "behind the curtain" (meta-look) at effectively creating and delivering presentations in all academic and professional contexts. Myriad books on public speaking provide the "how", but Public Speaking: A Meta-Communicative Approach also provides the "why". This informative and logical textbook would be an excellent choice for any public speaking course. The GOING META, KEEPERS, CAVEATS, and DISCUSSION QUESTION sections are especially helpful for breaking down key concepts and providing important context."
-Steve Garwood, Assistant Dean for Instructional Technology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
"This book offers a novel approach to the study of public speaking. Presenting fresh perspectives on how best to master the key principles and practices of effective oral discourse, Professor Goldstein has created a text that will surely resonate with those looking for innovative and engaging instructional tools."
-Richard Kallan, Chair and Professor, Department of Communication, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona