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March 2015 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Learn to speak in public without breaking a sweat!

The Public Speaking Playbook coaches students to prepare, practice, and present their public speeches to their highest level. With a focus on actively building skills, Authors Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael W. Gamble train students in the fundamentals of the public speaking process using frequent interactive exercises that allow students to practice—and improve—their public speaking. Students want to put their skills into practice quickly, so the Playbook gives them the essentials in brief learning modules that focus on skill-building through independent and collaborative learning activities. As students master their skills, they are also encouraged to think critically about what it means to “play fair” in your public speaking—with a focus on diversity, ethics, and civic engagement.
 
Chapter 1: Public Speaking and You: Building Confidence
Identify Speechmaking’s Benefits

 
Understanding the Context of Public Speaking

 
Build Confidence

 
 
Chapter 2: Give Your First Speech
Select Your Topic

 
Develop, Support, and Organize Your Speech

 
Practice Delivery

 
Conduct a Post-Presentation Analysis

 
 
Chapter 3: Ethics and Public Speaking in a Global World
Respect Different Cultures

 
Speak Ethically

 
Think Critically

 
 
Chapter 4: Listening Critically
The Six Stages of Listening

 
Listening and Cultural Differences

 
The Benefits of Critical Listening

 
The Four Types of Listening

 
Improving Listening Behaviors

 
 
Chapter 5: Analyzing and Adapting to the Audience
Reach Out to Your Audience

 
Answer Preliminary Questions

 
Compose a Demographic Snapshot

 
Compose a Psychographic Snapshot

 
Consider the Speaking Situation

 
Get Information About Your Audience

 
 
Chapter 6: Select a Topic and Purpose
Formulate a Topic

 
Formulate General and Specific Purposes

 
Formulate the Thesis Statement

 
 
Chapter 7: Finding and Evaluating Research
Use Primary Research

 
Gather Secondary Research

 
Keep a Research Record

 
Think Critically About Research

 
 
Chapter 8: Integrating Support
Use Examples

 
Use Explanations and Descriptions

 
Use Definitions

 
Use Analogies

 
Use Statistics

 
Use Testimony

 
Citing Sources in Your Speech

 
 
Chapter 9: Organizing Your Speech
Understanding Speech Organization

 
Use Linear Organizational Formats

 
Use Configural Formats

 
 
Chapter 10: Outlining Your Speech
Create an Outline That Works For You

 
Make Your Speech Seamless

 
Practice Speaking With Your Outline

 
 
Chapter 11: Introducing Your Speech
Get Your Audience’s Attention

 
Build Your Credibility

 
Preview the Big Ideas

 
Avoid These Common Introductory Bloopers

 
 
Chapter 12: Concluding Your Speech
End Strong

 
Avoid These Common Concluding Pitfalls

 
 
Chapter 13: Wording the Speech
Understand How Words Work

 
Use Words To Connect

 
Consider Your Audience

 
Be Strategic

 
Use Oral Style

 
 
Chapter 14: Styles of Delivery
Choose a Delivery Mode

 
Plan and Practice

 
Avoid Common Delivery Bloopers

 
 
Chapter 15: The Speaker’s Voice
Control the Sound of Your Speech

 
Pitch Your Voice Properly

 
Adjust Volume

 
Regulate Rate

 
Pay Attention to Articulation and Pronunciation

 
Be Aware of Dialects and Regionalisms

 
 
Chapter 16: Physical Aspects of Delivery
Approach the Audience With Confidence

 
Coordinate Your Body Language With Your Words

 
Make the Most of the Speaker’s Setting

 
 
Chapter 17: Using Presentation Aids
Use Presentation Aids Strategically

 
Know How to Work With Presentation Aids

 
Select the Best Aids

 
Be Familiar With Presentation Software

 
Get the Most From Your Presentation Aids

 
 
Chapter 18: Speak to Inform
Speeches About Objects and Ideas

 
Speeches About Events and People

 
Speeches About Processes and Procedures

 
Achieving Informative Speaking Goals

 
 
Chapter 19: Prepare to Persuade
We All Practice Persuasion

 
Goals and Purposes of Persuasive Speech

 
Categorize and Organize the Persuasive Speech

 
Understand Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

 
 
Chapter 20: Methods of Persuasion
Varying Viewpoints and Your Target Audience

 
Build Persuasive Credibility

 
Use Evidence

 
Appeal to Reason

 
Arouse Emotions

 
Use Three Tenets of Persuasion

 
Ethical Persuasion: Avoid Fallacies

 
 
Chapter 21: Planning and Presenting in Groups
Speaking in Public Versus in a Group

 
Working Together

 
Solving Problems in Groups

 
Presenting the Group’s Work

 
Assess Your Group’s Development

 
 
Chapter 22: Special Occasion Speeches
Goals and Functions of Special Occasion Speeches

 
Types of Ceremonial Speeches

 
The Speech of Introduction

 
The Speech of Presentation

 
The Speech of Acceptance

 
The Commencement Address

 
The Keynote Address

 
The Speech of Tribute

 
The Eulogy

 
The After-Dinner Speech

 
 
Chapter 23: Business and Professional Speaking
First, Get the Job: How to Handle a Job Interview

 
Speaking in a Meeting

 
The Pitch

 
Briefings and Reports

 
The Training Session

 
 
Chapter 24: Leadership and Storytelling
Discover Your Inner Storyteller

 
Use Language to Connect

 
Acknowledge the Importance of Stories

 
 
Chapter 25: Speaking in College Courses
Presenting Across the Curriculum

 
Speaking Assignments in Every Course

 
 
Chapter 26: Presenting Online
The Technological Difference

 
Formats for Online Presentations

 
Online Platforms for Presenting

 
 
Chapter 27: Answering Questions
The Timing of the Q&A Session

 
Managing the Q&A

 

Supplements

Student Study Site

SAGE edge for students helps improve performance, enhance learning, and offers a personalized approach to coursework in an easy-to-use environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • Chapter-specific learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Chapter-by-chapter study questions to help students prepare for quizzes and tests.
  • Video and multimedia content includes links to video, audio, web, and data that appeal to students with different learning styles.
  • Sample student speech videos and transcripts show students effective models for presenting and structuring their speeches.
  • A speech outline and reference guide helps students prepare their speeches.
  • Comprehensive list of suggested student speech topics with relevant web resources to jump-start research. 
  • Best practice guide for students on how to use various presentation software.
Instructor Resource Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Also available in Respondus software.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester, quarter, and online courses provide suggested models for structuring your course structure.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch conversation by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
  • Internet activities and exercises direct both students and instructors to relevant web resources and critical thinking questions to extend and reinforce learning.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content, which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Best practice guides for instructors on using video in the classroom and integrating multimedia and sample speeches into lectures. 
  • Best practice guide for students on how to use various presentation software.
  • Sample rubrics and worksheets for grading and speech preparation. 
  • common course cartridge includes all of the instructor resources and assessment material from the student study site, making it easy for instructors to upload and use these materials in learning management systems such as Blackboard™, Angel®, Moodle™, Canvas, and Desire2Learn™

 

Some useful information on public speaking.

Mr Lee James Davall
Education , Royal Academy of Dance
June 7, 2016

The text is engaging and an accessible read for PGCE students. The text includes useful examples of ideas in practice and a glossary of key vocabulary.

Mr Lee James Davall
Education , Royal Academy of Dance
September 11, 2015

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