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[Ebook PDF] A Speaker’s Guidebook, 7th Edition
A Speaker’s Guidebook is the best resource for public speaking in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. Praised for connecting with students who use it (and keep it!) year after year, this tabbed, comb-bound text covers all the topics typically taught in the introductory course and is the easiest-to-use public speaking text available. In every edition, including this one, hundreds of instructors have helped with the book focus on overcoming the fundamental challenges of the public speaking classroom. Print and digital tools converge in this edition to help students with every aspect of the speech building process A new, gorgeous collection of speech videos, accompanied by questions, model speech techniques while the adaptive quizzing program, LearningCurve,creates a personalized learning experience adjusted to each individual.
A Speaker’s Guidebook: Text and Reference is a groundbreaking public speaking text that offers better solutions to the wide range of challenges that students face. Adopted at more than 850 schools since the first edition was published in 2001, the book grew out of the realization that public speaking courses are not ends in themselves. The authors strive to help students go beyond merely meeting the requirements of the course — with guidance for delivering presentations in their other college courses, in their working lives after college, and in the vital roles they may play in their communities. The book functions not only as a brief yet comprehensive classroom text but also as a unique and useful post-classroom reference, one that will prove an invaluable resource in any public speaking situation graduates may face.
The key goal of A Speaker’s Guidebook has always been to effectively address the fundamental challenges of public speaking, both inside and outside the speech classroom. And we recognize that as times have changed — especially due to advances in technology — the challenges of both formal public speaking and presentational speaking in the classroom and workplace have evolved as well. Thus, with the support of hundreds of instructors nationwide, we have developed a book that students use and keep, that reinforces basic skills while providing cutting-edge coverage, and that helps students apply what they’ve learned to their own speeches.
The following features have made A Speaker’s Guidebook: Text and Reference extremely successful in its first six editions. An Invaluable Reference beyond the Speech Classroom
A Speaker’s Guidebook features a unique, user-friendly design, convenient and accessible reference features throughout, and extensive reference and research appendices. The information in A Speaker’s Guidebook is designed for quick and easy retrieval. Twelve tabbed dividers allow the book to flip open easily, and a comb binding lets it lie flat. A Main Menu on the inside front cover listing all tabs and chapters, paired with a full table of contents beginning on p. xxv, quickly directs students to the sections they need.
Speaker’s Preview pages at the beginning of each tabbed section allow students to quickly access and preview the most important information they will learn in each chapter; convenient cross-references to chapter content enable readers to flip quickly to a full discussion of the material. In the new edition, we revised these sections to better mirror the needs of students.
Every chapter in A Speaker’s Guidebook contains helpful Checklists that offer step-by-step directions, Self-Assessments, and content review checks. Widely praised by reviewers for their precision and conciseness,these checklists help students and professionals both plan their speeches and assess their efforts.
The Sample Speeches appendix and a wealth of Reference appendices allow students to easily access practical information.
A Comprehensive Classroom Text
A Speaker’s Guidebook addresses every topic included in the standard public speaking texts — and truly much more. Although we designed the coverage to be accessible, we didn’t lose sight of the need for
comprehensiveness. A Speaker’s Guidebook covers all the traditional topics, including listening; speaking ethically; managing speech anxiety; analyzing the audience; selecting a topic and purpose; locating and using supporting materials; organizing and outlining ideas; using language; constructing informative, persuasive, or ceremonial speech types; creating presentation aids; and delivering the speech. The textbook also includes the most current coverage of public speaking topics that will help students in their future careers and work in other courses, including using presentation software, delivering online presentations, preparing business and professional presentations, and speaking in other courses. To give students advice that is grounded in the theory of speech communication throughout the text, we have included references to both current communication research and classical rhetorical theory, using this research as the basis for concrete suggestions in real-world speaking situations. Examples range from coverage of individual contemporary theorists and their work to down-to-earth discussions of classical theory.
Because persuasive speaking is a major aspect of most speech courses, A Speaker’s Guidebook offers three full chapters on persuasion, more than any other text. Chapter 24 introduces the student to contemporary and classical approaches to persuasion, Chapter 25 to forming arguments, and Chapter 26 to organizing the persuasion speech.
Finally, A Speaker’s Guidebook recognizes the importance of solid sample speeches, and it provides ten in total. Speeches include two speeches of introduction, three informative speeches, four persuasive
speeches, and two special occasion speeches. Each of the full-text model speeches offers textual annotations that help students understand the language, organization, and arguments used in the speech. The seven visually annotated speeches also include photographs of speakers delivering their presentations and connect to the videos available in LaunchPad. These visual annotations go beyond the traditional printed page by bringing the elements and analysis of speech delivery into clear focus.
Public Speaking and Diverse Voices
A Speaker’s Guidebook also offers students a wealth of resources to help them adapt their speeches to the cultural requirements of the speech situation. Along with a text-wide emphasis on cultural values and diverse voices, A Cultural Perspective boxes feature such topics as addressing cultural orientation in the persuasive speech, delivery and culture, differing perspectives on plagiarism, and cultural variations in nonverbal communication.
Special consideration has also been given to the non-native speaker. ESL Speaker’s Notes boxes focus on critical areas of concern to speakers whose first language is not English and offer practical ways to address those concerns. Sample features include “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Manuscript Delivery” and “Vocal Variety and the Non-Native Speaker.” Another characteristic that defines A Speaker’s Guidebook is its strong focus on ethics. Chapter 5, “Ethical Public Speaking,” includes an in-depth consideration of the role that values play in the ethical quality of speeches.
Ethically Speaking boxes also appear throughout the text, continually reminding students that ethical conduct must apply to all aspects of the speechmaking process.
A Superior Resource for a Lifetime of Public Speaking Along with providing students with an accessible, up-to-date classroom guide, A Speaker’s Guidebook contains many features that will make it an
invaluable resource in other college courses and after the public speaking course.
More about public speaking on the job. A Speaker’s Guidebook gives students more in-depth preparation than any other text for the kinds of speaking situations they are likely to encounter on the job. Chapter 28
offers detailed guidance on preparing online presentations; Chapter 30 is devoted to business and professional reports and proposals, and Chapter 31 22 familiarizes students with the different types of on-the-job audiences. “Presentations in Other College Courses.” Chapter 31 provides guidance for creating the kinds of oral presentations students are likely to deliver in other college courses, from the social sciences and humanities to science and engineering. Separate sections describe typical presentation assignments in scientific and mathematical, technical, social science, arts and humanities, education, and nursing and allied health courses.
Extensive help with the research process. Useful for any college course, print and online appendices provide advice on how to cite sources in a variety of reference styles, from APA to MLA to Chicago and more.
Appendices E and F offer guidance on handling question-and-answer sessions and in preparing students for speaking in mediated communication situations such as television and radio. Appendices E–I are
available within LaunchPad.