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Public Speaking Made Easy, 2nd Edition

By Judith A. Rolls
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Soft Cover
400 pages
ISBN-10: 0176406999
ISBN-13: 9780176406998
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 2nd

Written in clear, accessible, upbeat language, Public Speaking Made Easy takes the dread out of public speaking by offering practical information and concrete suggestions to help anyone deliver effective, informative speeches and presentations. Through a balanced mix of theory and practical information, Public Speaking Made Easy won't overwhelm students with unnecessary detail or focus too heavily on skill development. Even those who enjoy giving presentations are likely to uncover public speaking theory and strategies within Public Speaking Made Easy that will help them become better, more confident public speakers.

Features

  • *NEW* Material is presented in a clear, succinct manner with many examples that make the subject matter 'come alive'.
  • *NEW* Each chapter begins with a series of learning objectives stated as goals and concludes with a point form list summarizing key chapter concepts.
  • *NEW* At the end of every chapter, students are asked to respond to Application and Discussion Questions in a communication journal that can be added to throughout the semester.
  • *NEW* Questions are based on the experiential learning approach used in the UCCB communication lab, the most developed and longest running communication lab in North America.
  • *NEW* Responses to questions have students reflect on the cognitive (theoretical), affective (emotional), and behavioural (practical) dimensions of public speaking.
  • *NEW* A comprehensive list of suggested references for further reading are included at the end of each chapter.
  • *NEW* Free 4-month access to InfoTrac, an online database of over 6000 articles, is included free with every new text.
  • *NEW* Part 1 provides an introduction to public speaking and offers useful information on how to overcome nervousness and develop an awareness of nonverbal communication.
  • *NEW* Part 2 features coverage of speech planning, research and organization, provides direction for successful delivery, and describes how to incorporate effective visual aids within your presentations.
  • *NEW* A variety of speech types are covered in Part 3 including demonstrative, informative, persuasive, impromptu, social, and group presentations. Guidelines and sample scripts are offered for everything from wedding toasts to leaving voicemail messages.
  • *NEW* A chapter devoted to employment interviews discusses how to plan for and conduct successful interviews and includes strategies and tips such as developing rapport and asking open-ended questions.
  • *NEW* Numerous sidebars contributed by students provide narratives that support or illustrate chapter material while offering relatable communication examples.
  • *NEW* "Expert Advice" pieces penned by professionals and academics offer tips for effective communication, often through humorous or interesting anecdotal accounts. New boxes have been added to every chapter.
  • *NEW* Imbedded text boxes offer additional information concisely, for example a Speech Outline Template, Manifestations of Nervousness, and Impromptu Speaking at a Glance.
  • *NEW* Figures help illustrate chapter concepts or provide visual references, such as Sample Note Cards, Bad Visual Aids, and Possible Space Setups, while cartoons help create levity.

Table of Contents

  • PART 1: THE BASICS
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Why Develop Public Speaking Skills?
  • Public Speaking and the Communication Process
  • Strategies Used by Dynamic, Exciting Speakers
  • Fear of Public Speaking is Normal
  • An Experiential Learning Approach
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 2: Dealing with Nervousness
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Causes of Nervousness
  • You as a Cause of Nervousness
  • The Material as a Source of Nervousness
  • The Audience as a Source of Nervousness
  • Deep Abdominal Breathing
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 3: Nonverbal Communication - Using Your Voice Body
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Vocal Communication
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • PART 2: PREPARING AND DELIVERING THE SPEECH
  • Chapter 4: Researching the Speech
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Analyzing Your Audience
  • Selecting a Suitable Topic
  • Researching Your Topic
  • Using Your Support Material
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 5: Organizing the Speech
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Developing the Speech
  • Structuring the Speech
  • Opening the Speech
  • Ending the Speech
  • Outlining the Speech
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 6: Credibility
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Speaker Credibility
  • Notes
  • Language Formality and Credibility
  • Grammar and Credibility
  • Languages Bias and Credibility
  • Other Language Factors and Credibility
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 7: Using Good Visual Aids Well
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • About Visual Aids
  • Designing and Using Visual Aids
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • PART 3: DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPEECHES
  • Chapter 8: Demonstrative, Informative, and Persuasive Speeches
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • The Demonstrative Speech
  • The Informative Speech
  • The Persuasive Speech
  • Borrowing from the Ancient Rhetoricians
  • Reasoning
  • Message Organization
  • Message Content
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 9: Social Speeches
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of Epideictic (Social) Speeches
  • Introducing and Thanking a Speaker
  • Proposing a Toast
  • The Eulogy
  • Presenting and Accepting Awards
  • After-Dinner Speeches
  • Speaking Politically
  • Impromptu Speeches Using the Telephone
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 10: Group Presentations
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • Types of Group Presentations
  • Start with Three Key Steps
  • Preparing the Group Presentation
  • Making the Group Presentation
  • The People Part of Groups
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading
  • Chapter 11: Employment Interviews
  • Chapter Goals
  • Introduction
  • The Art of Interviewing
  • Conducting the Employment Interview
  • Asking Questions
  • Conducting the Behavioural Interview
  • The Interviewee
  • Preparing to Interview
  • Chapter at a Glance
  • Application and Discussion Questions
  • References and Further Reading

Author Information

Judith A. Rolls

Judy Rolls is a professor at Cape Breton University. In addition to teaching Communications to nursing students, Judy also heads up a communications laboratory that examines the far-reaching effects of communications. Judy has authored three successful editions of Looking Out, Looking In as well as Public Speaking Made Easy.