About This Book
Balancing skills and theory, this introductory public speaking textbook encourages the reader to see public speaking as a way to build community in today's diverse world.
Within a framework that emphasizes speaker responsibility, listening, and cultural awareness, this classic book uses examples from college, workplace, political, and social communication to make the study of public speaking relevant, contemporary, and exciting. This new edition includes expanded coverage of mediated speaking with examples from podcasts and online speaking contexts; discussion of ethical issues of contemporary public discourse, including disinformation and public civility; and tips for extemporaneous speaking.
This textbook is ideal for general courses on public speaking as well as specialized programs in business, management, political communication, and public affairs.
A companion website including an instructor's manual containing discussion questions, exercises, quiz questions, and suggestions for syllabus design is available at www.routledge.com/cw/german.
- Your speech classroom is a laboratory: an ideal place for developing new skills. Tell a story in the conclusion, use PowerPoint or the web to make visual aids, or deliver a speech from in front of, rather than behind, a lectern. Your speech classroom is a comparatively safe environment for experimentation.
- Take advantage of classroom practice to improve your speaking skills. Practicing public speaking is every bit as important as practicing musical instruments, soccer formations, or job interviews. You can’t just read about speaking and then do it well. Just like any other skill, speaking improves through the process of practice: in the privacy of your own room, in front of friends who are willing to humor you, in other classes, and of course, in your speech classroom. To improve your skills, get feedback wherever you can.
- Work on your critical listening skills as well. In your lifetime, you’ll be exposed to thousands upon thousands of public messages in the form of speeches, classroom pitches, television ads, and social media. Practice in listening—trying to accurately comprehend and fairly evaluate what others say publicly—hones skills that are equally as important as speaking skills.
- Learn to evaluate the speeches of others. You can use this book as a tool for analyzing speeches you hear in person, access electronically, or find in print. As you critically review the speeches of others, you’ll begin to notice techniques that work and others that fail. You can adapt strategies that have succeeded for other speakers. Ultimately, by practicing, listening, and evaluating other speakers, you will develop and refine the skills that will make you a more productive and successful member of society.
- Speech tends to be integrative. Speech integrates members of a society by identifying the values that people share. Speeches assemble groups who come together for common purposes. A group’s traditional beliefs and values are usually reflected in public oral language.
- Speech tends to be redundant. You often employ repetition, saying the same thing in more than one way to help people keep up with the flow of the conversation.
- Speech tends ...