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This handbook integrates the principles of classical rhetoric with those of contemporary public speaking and provides examples of how to apply these principles to various speaking situations.


Featuring concise explanations and examples of the main principles, categories, and techniques of public speaking, the handbook format allows students to access easily the material when they are researching, preparing, and practicing their speeches. Covering the full range of topics in all public speaking courses, this text's rhetorical grounding and easy-to-use format make it a practical tool for today's students.

Table of Contents


Intent of the Handbook.

Design of the Handbook.


1. Research.

Critical Thinking and Listening.

Analyzing Your Audience.

Selecting Your Topic.

Researching Your Topic.

Electronic Research.

Research Sources.

Evaluating Source Credibility.

Principles of Interviewing.

2. Evidence & Arguments.

Modes of Proof.

Types of Evidence.

Forms of Argument.

Argument Strategies.

Argument Fallacies.

3. Visual Aids.

The Purpose of Visual Aids.

Two-Dimensional Aids.

Three-Dimensional Aids.

Media Aids.

Designing Visual Aids.

Using Visual Aids.

4. Organization.

General Speech Structure.

Introductory and Concluding Statements.

Thesis Statement and Preview.

Patterns of Organization.

Types of Transitions.

Principles of Outlining.

5. Types of Speeches.

Principles of Informative Speaking.

Types of Informative Speeches.

Principles of Persuasive Speaking.

Types of Persuasive Speeches.

Principles of Ceremonial Speaking.

Types of Ceremonial Speeches.

6. Style.

Principles of Style.

Grammar, Compensation, and Word Choice.

Revising Your Style.

Oral Citations.

Figures of Speech.

7. Delivery.

Modes of Delivery.

Elements of Vocal Delivery.

Elements of Nonverbal Delivery.

Enhancing Your Memory.

Practicing Your Speech.

Preparing to Speak.

Reducing Speech Anxiety.

Responding to Questions.

Appendix: Student Speeches.

Informative Speeches.

Persuasive Speeches.

Ceremonial Speeches.

Product Details

Letteri, Richard
Boston, MA
Public Speaking
Theater - General
Reference-Speech and Debate
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
October 2001
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 in 358 gr

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