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Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking

Benefits of a Public Speaking Course

The Speech Communication Process

The Speaker’s Responsibilities

Speech Introducing Yourself or a Classmate

Quick Guide to Public Speaking

Chapter 2: Managing Nervousness

Reasons for Nervousness

The Value of Fear

Guidelines for Managing Nervousness

Chapter 3: Listening

Introduction to Listening

The Problem of Poor Listening Skills

How to Listen Effectively

The Listener’s Responsibilities

Speech Evaluations

Chapter 4: Reaching the Audience

The Audience-Centered Speaker

Getting Information about the Audience

Audience Diversity

Audience Knowledge

Audience Psychology

The Occasion

Adapting during the Speech

Chapter 5: Selecting Topic, Purpose, and Central Idea

Selecting a Topic 

The General Purpose 

The Specific Purpose 

The Central Idea 

Overview of Speech Design 

Chapter 6: Finding Information

Finding Materials Efficiently 

Misconceptions about Research 

Searching Electronically 

Libraries 

The Internet 

Field Research 

Saving Key Information 

Appendix: Tips for Finding Materials 

Chapter 7: Evaluating Information and Avoiding Plagiarism

Being an Honest Investigator

Finding Trustworthy Information

Applying Critical-Thinking Skills

Analyzing Internet Sites

Avoiding Plagiarism

Chapter 8: Supporting Your Ideas

Reasons for Using Support Materials

Types of Support Materials

Sample Speech with Commentary: No Laughing Matter

Chapter 9: Presentation Aids

Advantages of Visual Aids

Types of Visual Aids

Media for Visual Aids

Preparing Visual Aids

Presenting Visual Aids

Communicating in Other Channels

Appendix: How to Avoid “Death by PowerPoint”

Chapter 10: The Body of the Speech

The Importance of Organization

Creating the Body

Devising Main Points

Organizing Main Points

Selecting Support Materials

Supplying Transitions

Simplifying the Process

Chapter 11: Introductions and Conclusions

Introductions

Conclusions

Sample Introduction and Conclusion: Danger in the Bathroom

Chapter 12: Outlining the Speech

Guidelines for Outlining

Parts of the Outline

Sample Outline with Commentary: “Not as Healthy as They Sound”

Speaking Notes

Controlling Your Material

Sample Speech as Presented: “Not as Healthy as They Sound”

Chapter 13: Wording the Speech

The Power of Words

Finding the Right Words

Using Appropriate Words

Using Words Accurately

Achieving Clarity

Using Vivid Language

Using Rhetorical Devices

Oral versus Written Language

Chapter 14: Delivering the Speech

The Key to Good Delivery

Methods of Speaking

Voice

Nonverbal Communication

The Question-and-Answer Period

Practice

Chapter 15: Speaking to Inform

Goals of Informative Speaking

Types of Informative Speeches

Guidelines for Informative Speaking

Sample Informative Speech: “Gold Fever”

Chapter 16: Speaking to Persuade

Goals of Persuasive Speaking

Types of Persuasive Speeches

Patterns of Organization

Sample Persuasive Speech: “House Arrest”

Chapter 17: Persuasive Strategies

Knowing Your Audience

Building Credibility

Providing Evidence

Using Sound Reasoning

Appealing to Motivations

Arousing Emotions

Sample Persuasive Speech: “Sleep Deficiency”

Chapter 18: Special Types of Speeches

Entertaining Speech

Speech of Introduction

Speech of Presentation

Speech of Acceptance

Speech of Tribute

Inspirational Speech

Chapter 19: Speaking in Groups

Meetings

Group Presentations

Appendix

Informative Speech: “One Slip—and You’re Dead”

Natalia Payne

Speeches Online