A Student Workbook for Public Speaking: Speak from the Heart

A Student Workbook for Public Speaking: Speak from the Heart

By: Keith N. Nainby (author), Deanna L. Fassett (author)Paperback

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This practical workbook asks students to think critically about the speech-making process, while building their mastery of the fundamental practical skills of public speaking through a series of exercises and activities. Nineteen brief chapters cover the essentials of public speaking including selecting a topic, researching your topic, organizing your topic, overcoming speech anxiety, and delivering informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. Each chapter includes a concise introduction to the most important skills and concepts, and offers opportunities for critical reflection on how to use each aspect of public speaking appropriately and effectively. Each chapter is also paired with an activity, checklist, or worksheet that student may use to develop their speeches, assess their performance, and chart their progress in becoming competent public speakers.

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About Author

Deanna L. Fassett is Department Chair and professor of communication pedagogy at San Jose State University where she has, since 2002, mentored her department's graduate student instructors. She is the author and editor of three other books: Coordinating the Communication Course: A Guidebook, Critical Communication Pedagogy, The SAGE Handbook of Communication and Instruction, and Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction, Second Edition. Her published research has appeared in a broad array of communication studies journals, including Basic Communication Course Annual, Communication Education, Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, and Text and Performance Quarterly. Keith Nainby is associate professor of communication pedagogy at California State University, Stanislaus. His research is on the philosophical foundations of emerging approaches to critical communication pedagogy. His publications on communication pedagogy include book chapters in The SAGE Handbook of Communication and Instruction and The Invisibility Factor: Administrators and Faculty Reach Out to First-Generation College Students, as well as journal articles in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, Language and Intercultural Communication and Educational Foundations. He also studies performative pedagogy, serving as the editor of the "Performance and Pedagogy" section of Liminalities, and has published one journal article and one forthcoming book chapter on the work of Bob Dylan.


1. Introduction 2. Public Speaking Contexts 3. Topic Selection 4. Audience Analysis and Adaptation 5. Credibility and Ethical Communication 6. Compassionate Criticism 7. Thesis Statements 8. Organizing and Outlining Your Ideas 9. Transitions 10. Introductions 11. Attracting and Retaining Listeners' Attention 12. Language and Power 13. Evidence: Support for Your Main Ideas 14. Reasoning 15. Conclusions 16. Presentational Aids 17. Practice 18. Delivering Your Speech 19. Reflection and Self-Assessment

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/02/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781452299518
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 104
  • ID: 9781452299518
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 145229951X

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