Synopses & Reviews
As the first text of its kind, THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK has established itself as both an invaluable reference for the individual speaker and an excellent textbook for use in the public speaking course. Sprague and Stuart give careful consideration to key cultural, educational, and technology trends to provide not only exceptionally efficient blocks of text that reflect the most recent research, but also abundant examples-including a new collection of sample speeches. Each chapter within THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK'S eight tabbed parts can stand alone, enabling you to quickly consult just the section of the text most pertinent to their immediate needs. This Eighth Edition, now full-color throughout and bound with a durable plastic "comb" binding, offers new features such as Key Point boxes and Checklists, as well as new illustrations and other graphics that bring the material to life. This edition is further enhanced by a robust suite of online resources, including a fully interactive electronic version of the text and an integrated online study system that provides personalized learning plans designed to help you use your study time as efficiently and effectively as possible!
"This text relies upon and respects the rhetorical tradition that is foundational to the speech communication discipline. The content is clear, credible and important to students who want to improve their understanding of the communication process as well."
"I don't think there's another text that is as easy to customize to a variety of course structures (different time frames), student level (beginning or advanced), or instructor preference in terms of order of content coverage."
"This text has everything. THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK provides thorough detail into the speech-making process and allows students to instruct themselves even further with the out-of-class technology that is offered. Most impressive is the authors' effort to include sections on adapting to different types of audience members and how to practice effectively."
"This text provides solid and concise coverage of the topics and concepts important to the beginning public speaker. There is an excellent mix of theory and practice. The text provides excellent lists of dos and don'ts on many topics. The numerous in-text, point-of-use exercises coupled with online activities make this a well-rounded text for the public speaking classroom."
Sprague and Stuart's THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK is a handbook format text for public speaking that effectively narrows information and at the same time presents students the important aspects of public speaking. Theirs is a useful resource for beginning public speaking students and provides a concise glimpse at the basics of public speaking."
As the first of its kind for this course, THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK has established itself as both a reference for the individual speaker and an excellent textbook for use in the public speaking course. The new edition of the THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK continues to distinguish itself by providing another innovation - a new spiral bound, tabbed format. Each of the chapters can stand alone, enabling the speaker to consult only those parts of the book covering the aspects of public speaking with which they need guidance. The new edition also offers expanded and updated research and presentation coverage, a new text-specific CD-ROM with interactivity that guides students through the speech-making process, and links to the Web-based Speech Builder Express speech-outlining program.
About the Author
Jo Sprague is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at San Jose State University, where she also served as Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Support. In addition to her research on critiquing, teaching, and the scholarship of speech communications, she has served as President of the Western States Communication Association.
Table of Contents
Part 1: FOUNDATION. Introduction 1. Understanding Speaking. 2. Listening. 3. Speaking Ethics. 4. Overcoming Fear of Speaking. Part 2: PREPARATION. Introduction. 5. Planning. 6. Topic Selection and Analysis. 7. Audience Analysis. 8. Research. Part 3: ORGANIZATION. Introduction. 9. Transforming Ideas into Speech Points. 10. Arranging Points. 11. Outlining. 12. Transitions. 13. Introductions. 14. Conclusions. Part 4: DEVELOPMENT. Introduction. 15. Supporting Materials. 16. Reasoning. 17. Language and Style. 18. Attention and Interest. 19. Credibility. 20. Motivational Appeals. 21. Informative Strategies. 22. Persuasive Strategies. 23. Adapting to Speaking Contexts. Part 5: PRESENTATION. Introduction. 24. Modes of Delivery. 25. Practice Sessions. 26. Vocal Delivery. 27. Physical Delivery. 28. Visual Aids. 29. Adapting to the Speech Situation. 30. Answering Questions.