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Public speaking for college and career

Author: Hamilton Gregory
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 9th edView all editions and formats
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Offers a practical approach to public speaking. Through many stories, examples, and techniques, this text shows students how to achieve clarity and confidence during the speeches they must give in  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hamilton Gregory
ISBN: 9780073385167 0073385166 9780077394066 0077394062
OCLC Number: 428776206
Description: xxiii, 426 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Foundations of effective communication. 1. Introduction to public speaking : Benefits of a public speaking course ; The speech communication process ; Seek feedback ; The speaker's responsibilities ; Speech introducing yourself or a classmate ; Quick guide to public speaking ; Avoid the five biggest mistakes made by speakers --
2. Controlling nervousness : Reasons for nervousness ; The value of fear ; Guidelines for controlling nervousness ; Prepare for memory lapses --
3. Listening : The problem of poor listening skills ; How to listen effectively ; Take notes in important conversations and small-group meetings ; Learn how listeners show respect in different cultures ; The listener's responsibilities ; Confront electronic rudeness ; Express appreciation to a speaker ; Speech evaluations --
pt. 2. Developing a focus. 4. Reaching the audience : The audience-centered speaker ; Develop a positive attitude toward each audience ; Getting information about the audience ; Audience diversity ; Work closely with interpreters ; Audience knowledge ; Audience psychology ; The occasion ; Be prepared to trim your remarks ; Adapting during the speech --
5. Selecting topic, purpose, and central idea : Selecting a topic ; The general purpose ; The specific purpose ; Examine your hidden purposes ; The central idea ; Overview of speech design --
pt. 3. Preparing content. 6. Finding information : Finding materials efficiently ; Misconceptions about research ; Searching electronically ; Libraries ; The Internet ; Develop a filing system for important ideas ; Field research ; E-mail ; Saving key information ; Appendix: Tips for finding information --
7. Evaluating information and avoiding plagiarism : Finding high-quality information ; Applying critical-thinking skills ; Be willing to challenge reports in the media ; Analyzing Internet sites ; Avoiding plagiarism ; Avoid vagueness when citing Internet sources --
8. Supporting your ideas : Reasons for using support materials ; Types of support materials ; Give listeners bonus material ; Sample speech with commentary --
9. Presentation aids : Advantages of visual aids ; Types of visual aids ; Never let visuals substitute for a speech ; Media for visual aids ; Preparing visual aids ; With international audiences, avoid informality ; Presenting visual aids ; Ask a friend to assist you ; Appealing to other channels ; Appendix: How to avoid "death by PowerPoint." pt. 4. Organizing the speech. 10. The body of the speech : The importance of organization ; Creating the body ; Devising main points ; Organizing main points ; Selecting support materials ; Supplying transitions ; Test your material ; Simplifying the process --
11. Introductions and conclusions : Introductions ; Use an "icebreaker" to start off a community speech ; Conclusions ; Sample introduction and conclusion --
12. Outlining the speech : Guidelines for outlining ; When no time limit is set, speak briefly ; Parts of the outline ; Decide how you will reveal your sources ; Sample outline with commentary ; Speaking notes ; Controlling your material ; Sample speech as presented --
pt. 5. Presenting the speech. 13. Wording the speech : The power of words ; Finding the right words ; Using appropriate words ; Omit crude language ; Using words accurately ; Achieving clarity ; Using vivid language ; Explore rhetorical devices ; Using rhetorical devices ; Oral versus written language --
14. Delivering the speech : The key to good delivery ; Methods of speaking ; Voice ; It's okay to cry ; Nonverbal communication ; Decide whether and how to use a lectern ; Deal with distractions in a direct but good-humored manner ; The question-and-answer period --
pt. 6. Types of public speaking. 15. Speaking to inform : Goals of informative speaking ; Types of informative speeches ; Explanation speech ; Guidelines for informative speaking ; For long presentations, plan a variety of activities ; Sample informative speech --
16. Speaking to persuade : Goals of persuasive speaking ; Types of persuasive speeches ; Patterns of organization ; Use role play to change behavior ; View persuasion as a long-term process ; Sample persuasive speech --
17. Persuasive strategies : Knowing your audience ; Don't expect universal success ; Building credibility ; In a debate, be reasonable and fair ; Providing evidence ; Using sound reasoning ; Appealing to motivations ; Arousing emotions ; Sample persuasive speech --
18. Special types of speeches : Entertaining speech ; Move listeners together ; Speech of introduction ; Speech of presentation ; Speech of acceptance ; Speech of tribute ; Inspirational speech --
19. Speaking in groups : Meetings ; Group presentations ; Strive to improve communication skills ; Appendix: Sample speeches.
Responsibility: Hamilton Gregory.

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