Synopses & Reviews
Public Speaking, 8/e
Michael Osborn, University of Memphis
Suzanne Osborn, University of Memphis
Randall Osborn, University of Memphis
Centered around three core objectives — helping you develop vital communication skills, encouraging you to adapt as you speak to diverse audiences, and increasing your sensitivity to the ethical impact of words — Public Speaking offers you both practical advice for speaking in public and an understanding of why such advice works. The Eighth Edition concentrates on greater simplicity, clarity, and accessibility, offering you a functional approach to informative speaking and emphasizing the ethics of persuasive speaking. These ideas come to life through examples from real student and professional speeches, exercises at the end of each chapter, and a variety of boxed features throughout the text.
New and Enduring Features of the Eighth Edition:
- Explores the speech development process from start to finishusing the Stairway to Speech Success Model to help you get started on preparing your first presentation.
- Addresses "Communication Anxiety" when you need it most — as you are preparing to give your first presentation.
- Allows you to practice skills in small group settings or on your own with the Exploration and Application Exercises found at the end of each chapter.
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Praise for Public Speaking:
“This text is great; it can be used for first year speech courses and advanced as well. The figure charts, “Ethics Alert” boxes, Speaker’s Notes… all simply outperform other texts.” - Dave Berg, Weber State University
“This book is unique because of its writing style. I have been pleasantly surprised to find out how much I enjoy reading the chapters and even find myself more inspired to teach and practice public speaking better. I feel that the authors write out of a sense of conviction about this craft and incorporate authentic and relevant examples to illustrate the concepts principles and ethics.” - Dorothy Collins, Texas A&M University
Centered around three core objectives — helping readers develop vital communication skills, encouraging speaker adaptability to diverse audiences, and sensitizing speakers to the ethical impact of their words — Public Speaking offers both practical advice and an understanding of why such advice works. The eighth edition concentrates on greater simplicity, clarity, and accessibility. The book offers a functional approach to informative speaking and emphasizes the ethics of persuasive speaking. These ideas come to life through examples from real, student, and professional speeches, Exploration and Application exercises at the end of each chapter, and a variety of boxed features throughout the book.
Table of Contents
I. The Foundations of Public Speaking
1. Public Speaking and You
2. Managing Your Fear of Speaking
3. Your First Speech
4. Becoming a Better Listener
II. Preparation for Public Speaking
5. Adapting to Your Audience and Situation
6. Finding Your Topic
7. Researching Your Topic
8. Supporting Your Ideas
9. Structuring Your Speech
10. Outlining Your Speech
III. Developing Presentation Skills
11. Presentation Aids
12. Using Language Effectively
13. Presenting Your Speech
IV. Types of Public Speaking
14. Informative Speaking
15. Building Powerful Arguments
16. Persuasive Speaking
17. Ceremonial Speaking
A. Communicating In Small Groups
B. Speeches For Analysis