The Natural Speaker is a friendly step-by-step guide to public speaking that explores the fundamental skills necessary to present a natural and rewarding speech to any audience. By providing an overview of speech construction, practice, and delivery, this book is designed to enhance and improve upon students' natural strengths.
Featuring a warm and humorous writing style, The Natural Speaker illustrates the concepts and skills required for enjoyable public speaking, and Randy Fujishin invites readers to view speaking as a life-long journey. This tenth edition features a new chapter on speaking in online contexts, including leading or participating in online meetings, using digital presentation tools, and guidelines for effective online PowerPoint presentations, as well as additional focus on intercultural considerations and new Internet student activities at the end of each chapter.
This book serves as an accessible core textbook for Public Speaking and Introduction to Communication courses and also provides guidance for individual readers and public speaking workshops.
Online resources include an instructor’s manual with sample test questions and exercises.
Table of Contents
1. Communicating With Others: Your Most Important Skill 2. Giving Yourself Permission: Welcoming a New You 3. Organizing Your Speech: Keeping It Simple 4. Selecting Your Topic: Choosing Your Path 5. Gathering Your Material: What You Sow Is What You Reap 6. Listening to Others: Being Good to the Speaker 7. Delivering Your Speech: Being Yourself 8. Informing Your Audience: Teaching Others 9. Persuading Your Audience: Changing Others 10. Speaking in the Digital Age: A Lifelong Journey
Randy Fujishin is an author, communication consultant, and conference speaker for high-tech companies, higher education and government agencies, and Christian organizations. He consults with and serves as a keynote speaker to organizations including Apple, Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, the University of Phoenix, California Community Colleges, Granite Construction, and the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center.