1st Edition

Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals A Manner of Speaking

By Thomas Mauriello Copyright 2021
    255 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    255 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals: A Manner of Speaking is a one-of-a-kind public speaking guide specifically written for criminal justice professionals, written by a criminal justice professional. Author Thomas Mauriello has worked his entire professional career both as a practitioner and as an educator in the fields of criminal justice and forensic science. This book outlines the public speaking skills he has learned, used, and taught to thousands of criminal justice, forensic science, security, and counterintelligence professionals over the years.

    The book can either be read from cover-to-cover—to fine tune the reader’s existing oral communication skills—or read in a modular fashion, as a reference guide to focus on certain skills and techniques. A list of over 55 proven, effective presentation tools will be listed, discussed, and demonstrated throughout the book—using illustrated criminal justice and forensic sciences topic examples. Contrary to popular believe, simply knowing your subject or being an expert in the subject does not guarantee a successful presentation. Aristotle, who many recognize as the Father of Public Speaking and Forensic Debate, said it best when he declared, "It is not enough to know what to say, one must know how to say it." This guide focuses on technique and the recognition that a speaker must have of both the subject and the listener. The purpose is to improve readers' skill level and ability to engage and, thereby, inform the listener.

    Whether preparing to speak to one person, or one thousand people, Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals provides specific techniques for professionals to speaking with confidence, and present effective engaging presentations.

    Part 1 – General Preparation and Development

    Chapter 1: Meet the tasker

    Chapter 2: Objectives and Content Development

    Chapter 3: The Audience

    Chapter 4: Methods for transmitting your presentation content

    Chapter 5: Evolution of Presentation Audio/Visual (A/V) Technology

    Chapter 6: Surveying the Venue where you will be speaking

    Chapter 7: Delivery Techniques

    Part 2 – Special Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Presentation Tasks

    Chapter 8: Presentation Categories Related to the Criminal Justice Sciences

    Chapter 9: Preparing for News Media Interviews and Entertainment Documentaries

    Chapter 10: Teaching Academic and Training Courses

    Part 3 – Evaluating and Find-Tuning your Performance

    Chapter 11: Evaluating your Presentation Performance

    Chapter 12: Presentation Problems and Solutions

    Chapter 13: Developing your Public Speaking Skills



    Thomas P. Mauriello is an educator, author, consultant, and public speaker. He retired from federal service in 2012 after 30 years with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). His assignments with DoD included Special Agent; Chief of Police; Senior Polygraph Examiner; Director, Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services; Director, Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS); Deputy Director for Security Education, Training and Awareness; Congressional Staff Investigator for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; and Chief of Polygraph. He is a former police officer and criminal investigator.

    He is the founder and CEO of the forensic consultant company, ForensIQ, Inc. His company provides forensic investigation services, criminal case & evidence assessments; security & counterintelligence services; education, training, awareness, and motivational public speaking presentations; and news media and film and TV production consultation.

    His academic position as Senior Lecturer has been held concurrently throughout his professional career. It includes teaching criminal investigation and forensic sciences courses, while managing the Crime Laboratory for the University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

    He is an accomplished author, who besides writing this book, is the author of the legal treatise, Criminal Investigation Handbook – Strategy, Law and Science, The Dollhouse Murders, illustrating crime scene dioramas used to study the crime scene investigation (CSI) process, and the e-textbook, Introduction to Criminalistics—From Crime Scene to Court Room. He is the creator of the ForensIQ C.S.I. Checklist™ App, which is the first and currently the only mobile App of its kind that has been created to assist law enforcement and criminal investigation professionals while conducting crime scene investigations.

    A sought after forensic sciences consultant; he is regularly interviewed by newspaper, television, and radio news media. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning News, and Fox and MSNBC cable news shows. He has been featured as a forensic consultant on television documentaries, including The Discovery Channel’s Lizzie Borden Had An Ax, and several episodes in Investigation Discovery (ID) Channel’s series, Forensics: You Decide and Reasonable Doubt. He is the creator and host of the TV webcast ForensicWeek.com Show, broadcast and archived on www.ForensicWeek.com.

    His vast public speaking experience includes 42 years as a university professor, the presentation of hundreds of counterintelligence awareness briefings and forensic science lectures at numerous universities and law schools, as well as presenting his motivational seminar on public speaking communications, entitled, Motivation through Communication.

    He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Defense, Exceptional Civilian Service; holds the degree of master of forensic sciences from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; an American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Fellow; active member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), member of the Maryland Polygraph Association, Lifetime Member of the Operations Security (OPSEC) Professionals Society; and member of Maryland’s Center for Forensic Excellence Advisory Committee.