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Public Speaking: The Virtual Text is a free online public speaking textbook available through publicspeakingproject.org. A variety of speech professionals who are dedicated to providing free and low cost instructional materials contributed their original work. There are 18 chapters covering a wide variety of topics related to public speaking, each by a different author. Outlines for chapters and testbanks are available for faculty who register at the website. Each chapter may be downloaded or viewed in PDF and may be printed in black and white or in color. Video modules and other learning aides are also available.
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The Public Speaking Project: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Public Speaking: How to Develop Confidence, Overcome Your Public Speaking Fear, Analyze Your Audience, and Deliver an Effective Speech Paperback – October 31, 2017
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Exploring Public Speaking, 4th Edition
The Open College Public Speaking Textbook
Exploring Public Speaking is a usable, zero-cost textbook for basic public speaking courses or courses that include basic public speaking skills as one of their primary learning outcomes. The free, open nature of the text means that instructors are able to use all or part of it, and add their own materials.
Standout features include coverage of PowerPoint, audience analysis and responsiveness, ethics in public speaking, persuasion, special occasion speeches, and structure of speeches. Because it was written by communication professors with decades of experience in the classroom, Exploring Public Speaking is made to fit the needs of basic public speaking students.
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Barbara g. tucker (editor and primary author).
As chair of the Department of Communication at Dalton State College, Dr. Tucker oversees programs in communication, general studies, music, theatre, and interdisciplinary studies. She is Professor of Communication and has worked in higher education for over 40 years. She lives in Ringgold, Georgia, with her husband; they have one son. She is a novelist and playwright. Her research areas are the basic course, open educational resources, historical perspectives on rhetoric, and gratitude.
Matthew LeHew (Editor)
As Assistant Professor at Dalton State College, Matthew LeHew teaches courses in public relations, integrated marketing communication, film studies, and video production. His research interests include various areas of media studies, especially examination of virtual communities for online games. He is currently writing his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Communication (Media and Society track) at Georgia State University. He lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Amy Burger (Chapter 5, Appendix E and F)
Amy Burger is a reference and instruction librarian at Dalton State College. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric and professional writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She lives in Northwest Georgia with her husband Ross and their pets.
Chad Daniel (Chapter 11/Expert Advice on the Voice from an Acting Instructor)
Chad has his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Southern Methodist University and over twenty years of teaching and professional experience. Chad has performed and directed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Austin; Lyon, France and London, England. He has spent three years studying Voice and Speech with some of the best teachers in the industry, and eight years teaching Voice at various institutions throughout the Southeast.
Jerry Drye (Appendix D)
Jerry Drye is a professional humorist, public speaker, and educator. His career has included work as a comedian, motivational humorist, broadcaster, conference and workshop leader, and educator. He is a gifted storyteller and award winning professor. He has been called the “…ultimate entertainer (Venable),” and “…the best combination of Humor and Humanity I have ever seen (Hawkins).” He earned the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Organizational Communication at Murray State University where he served as a graduate teaching assistant. He obtained the Ed.S. degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. His teaching career includes stops at Clemson University and Dalton State College. He has studied and practiced the craft of public address and the humor arts for many years. He is in high demand as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and consultant. He teaches college classes in Humor Communication, Public Speaking, Human Communication, and Organizational Communication. He has performed in concert halls, corporate board rooms, educational institutions, and churches and faith-based organizations. His motto is “Laughter is not a luxury; it is a necessity.”
Cathy Hunsicker (Appendix B, Parts 3, 4, 5, and 6)
Prior to obtaining credits to teach communication courses, Ms. Hunsicker taught reading and study skills for thirty years. She developed courses in reading, study skills, and problem solving for academic institutions and businesses, such as Reading Area Community College, Alvernia College, and the Reading Eagle in Reading,PA; Dalton State College, Dalton, GA; various county associations and institutions in Berks County, PA; and Agere Systems (formerly AT&T) plants in Reading, Allentown, and Breiningsville, PA. Working with students with learning disabilities at the college level led to Ms. Hunsicker honing her repertoire of cognitive strategies and problem solving skills to assist all kinds of students, especially adults, in acquiring an enriched learning experience to further their education and/or seek promotion on the job.
Amy Mendes (Appendix B, Part 7)
Amy Mendes is a Lecturer in the Communication Department at Dalton State College. Her approach to teaching Public Speaking is very student centered. She believes that every individual has a story to tell if given the right tools, and cherishes the opportunity to help students find those tools. Ms. Mendes attended Berry College for her undergraduate degree in Communication, and earned a Master’s in Communication from Westchester University. She is currently working on her dissertation to complete a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Amy is married to Dr. Vincent Mendes, and they have three lovely girls who eschew public speaking as much as possible.
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Below is a list of free, online and OER textbooks. Feel free to integrate them into your course, or use them to supplement your knowledge of the topic.
Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking – University of Minnesota, 2016.
This is a complete textbook, via the Open Textbook Library . Chapters about “Researching Your Speech,” and “Concluding with Power” encourage students to develop their own public speaking skills. The text also places a strong focus on “ ethics in communication.”
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Exploring Public Speaking – University System of Georgia , 2016.
Complete chapters of this textbook are available for instant download as PDF files. The book aims to cover relevant material for “an introductory, freshmen-level public speaking course.”
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The Public Speaking Project – The Public Speaking Project, 2011.
Includes by various authors – ( Speaking to a Global Audience , Listening Effectively, etc.), that can be downloaded as PDFs. Content varies by chapter and may merit a closer review.
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Boundless Communications – Lumen Learning
This textbook is viewable online by chapter, and covers many topics under the umbrella of public speaking and communication.
Public Speaking in Context: The ACA Open Knowledge Online Guide – American Communication Association
Chapter 1 is available as a PDF
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The Public Speaking Project - The Ultimate Guide to Effective Public Speaking: How to Develop Confidence, Overcome Your Public Speaking Fear, Analyze Your Audience, and Deliver an Effective Speech
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Advanced Public Speaking
Lynn Meade, University of Arkansas
Copyright Year: 2021
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Reviewed by Desire Baloubi, Full Professor, Norfolk State University on 11/14/23
Advanced Public Speaking has comprehensive content in the sense that it covers all imaginable aspects and areas of public speaking. The book includes definitions, steps, processes, ethics, and a myriad of practical examples of speech types from... read more
Comprehensiveness rating: 5 see less
Advanced Public Speaking has comprehensive content in the sense that it covers all imaginable aspects and areas of public speaking. The book includes definitions, steps, processes, ethics, and a myriad of practical examples of speech types from diverse perspectives. It consists of 40 chapters written in an affable tone of counselling to students, teachers, or anyone willing to learn public speaking skills for any specific purpose. The text exposes potential learners to more practical strategies than theories.
Content Accuracy rating: 5
The writer's research approach speaks volumes of the accuracy and credibility of the content. The author has collected data from multiple sources, i.e., public speaking practitioners, and presents the findings to end-users. Each chapter begins with an illustrating image, a quote, and concludes with a list of references. The amount and quality of the sources make the content of each chapter very credible.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
From the onset, the preface or introduction, "Making the World a Better Place One Speech at a Time," sets the stage and tone of relevance. In fact, we are witnessing a new world order in which speeches can make a difference, for individuals fighting for civil rights, or for peoples struggling for self-determination and sovereignty. Confronted with increasing challenges of preventing wars, making and keeping peace, the Secretary-Generals of the United Nations have made more or less similar speeches to celebrate, inform, and persuade nations of this global organization. The needs to write and verbalize such speeches are still current and, therefore, relevant. This textbook is here to stay and is adaptable, as the author rightly claims. In support of that view, one may refer to the content of Chapter 39, among other sections of the book. Chapter 39. The Science of Persuasion: A Little Theory Goes a Long Way (As Desmond Tutu claims, “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” Such a statement will always be true of persuasion. This chapter discusses “Elaboration Likelihood Model;” “Judgmental Heuristics;” “Authority;” “Liking;” “Commitment Consistency;” “Social Proof;” “Scarcity” as a powerful tool; “Reciprocity;” “Unity;” “Social Judgment Theory;” and “Ethics in Persuasion.” “In summary, if you provide people information and attempt to persuade them in small increments regardless of their prior beliefs, they can change their political attitude and that change will stick.” All the quotes above testify to the relevant and perennial nature of the textbook content. Technology may continue to change, but the fundamentals of Public Speaking--described in this book--will remain the same.
Clarity rating: 5
The book's clarity manifests itself through the author's straightforward use of language, stylistic choices, and the organization of ideas in an orderly manner, just the way it is recommended for any speech, written or oral. Each chapter is divided into short sections so as to make scanning for specific information easy to do. One would readily concur that the book is "Easy to Navigate." Clarity also transpires from the writer's tone that is most likely to make every student or reader feel comfortable. In sum, the author's language is as much accessible as the book itself is to all students.
Consistency rating: 5
The book's consistency is indisputable from multiple standpoints. First, the structure or internal organization of the content ideas. Each chapter has a title, an illustrating image, a quote from a notorious source, and short sections of clearly developed points that show more than they tell. Then each chapter ends with links to videos and a list of references for readers to doublecheck in-text citations or to read for further understanding. Second, the approach or process of presenting old and new information consistently matches or exemplifies the schematic model of each professional speechwriting or oral presentation. In other words, as the author puts it, the book is "written the same way you expect an effective speech to be written or presented." It is a matter of being cognizant of that reality and paying attention to it. Third, the book embodies diversity. It consistently proposes speeches from "all kinds of voices, from all kinds of places and opinions." It offers a broad range of examples from which to select withing a single chapter or across the entire textbook.
Modularity rating: 5
The book's modularity is easy to notice. Unlike most of the textbooks I have used in the last 20+ years of teaching Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking consists of 39 chapters and a fortieth chapter for teachers. The reason for this is because the author intentionally divides the text into short sections written in such a way that each is self-contained. The book does not read like a dense essay, a complex piece of fiction, a lengthy detective novel, or a kind of classical drama.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
Here again, one may refer to what the author calls "Intentional Design." The flow here in this book simulates the same process one uses in information sharing, advising, or counselling. From the initial chapter to the last, the author defines concepts to reckon with while reading the following parts of the book. The book discusses the essential elements of communication The ingredients of an effective speech are demonstrated with examples in the form of how-to. Then, the author touches on speech anxiety or apprehension and how to overcome it. The speech making process, just like writing as a process, is shown with special emphasis on delivery, delivery methods, including eye contact and voice projection. To facilitate and increase audience understanding, the author explains presentation aids for speech and how to design and use them. The book moves on to showing different speech types: ceremonial, informative and persuasive. Chapters 36 through 39 offer some considerations for speeches, with examples of dos and don'ts in addition to a little bit of theory on rhetorical history, fallacies, and the science of persuasion. The final part is about additional resources and teaching tips or classroom activities.
Interface rating: 5
Unlike many textbooks that would include large pictures, multiple graphic designs, and confusing charts and tables, Advanced Public Speaking is free of "significant interface issues." It does not contain any features that may distract or confuse the reader.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
The text contains no grammatical errors. It is written in a conversational tone a teacher may use during a one-on-one advisement session with a student. Examples: 1. "Yes, you want to identify with an audience and help them feel something, but you also need facts in your speech." 2. "Make sure you chose to talk about facts that match the audience." (Chapter 26). 3. "I want to dive into some of the theories and models of persuasion to help you understand how people think." (Chapter 39). 4. "Think of the setting as a basket to hold your story. If you start with the basket, the audience has a place to hold all the other details you give them." (Chapter 6).
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
Overall, the text remains culturally neutral and presents information with no consideration of race, ethnicity, religion, or place of origin. However, the images it displays are not racially inclusive until it starts discussing cultural differences to help understand feedback, especially when quoting from the book The Culture Map.
Advanced Public Speaking is advanced indeed! It is by far the best Public Speaking book I have ever considered adopting for classroom teaching and for personal use on daily. Moving forward, I will be recommending this book as one of the best companions for students and teachers alike.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Briggs, Instructor, Tidewater Community College on 2/26/23
The text covers all of the typical topics of a public speaking course. The depth of information for each topic seems appropriate, I do not think students would find it overwhelming. The size of the text seems to be on par with most publisher... read more
The text covers all of the typical topics of a public speaking course. The depth of information for each topic seems appropriate, I do not think students would find it overwhelming. The size of the text seems to be on par with most publisher textbooks, maybe slightly longer. The sections of the text are divided up into briefer sections that would likely make it easier for a student to manage.
I veered between 4/5, and decided to go with 5. I do think the content is accurate and well researched, and the author uses information from a wide variety of perspectives as well. In the examples chosen, I did see hints of political bias, but nothing overt.
The text uses examples from recent events, as well as people that students would likely be familiar with. The standard course content would not become outdated, and the examples and references used could easily be updated and changed without requiring the text to be completely reworked.
The language used is very approachable, and the tone inviting. It comes across as conversational, with a practical approach that would make it easy for students to relate the concepts and ideas to their own experiences. While specific terms are used, they are clearly explained.
The format and flow of the book is consistent. As this is a skill based text, working to build the skill of public speaking, it is presented in a way that provides structure to the process of creating the speech. The basics of speech creation are covered first, and then the way to tailor a speech to specific situations and contexts. Within each part of the process, many subjects are covered. The approach throughout the book is consistent throughout the wide variety of content being shared.
Each chapter/section within each part of the writing process is brief, and it would be easy to pick and choose the content that you wanted to include, as well as shift the order in which topics are covered. It seems like it would be very easy for an instructor to customize this to their specific course/approach.
The book is well organized. It is divided into 5 parts, 1)Writing a Speech, 2) Presenting a Speech, 3) Presentation Aids for Speech 4) Speeches 5) Considerations. This is a logical flow of information, and the chapters/sections within each part are also well organized. Each part varies in terms of the amount of content, but each chapter/section is short and it would be easy for an instructor to decide what they wish to include as a part of their course.
Interface rating: 4
I downloaded the book as a digital pdf, as well as sent it to my Kindle as an epub. The other two options for format were print pdf, and mobi. Throughout the book it suggests that you watch video clips or media, however in the digital pdf, there are no links to the media. The link, if you copy and paste it, actually just brings you back to the website to access the book. In the pdf, the images/text are well balanced, and the formatting stayed consistent. The epub for Kindle was also formatted well and easy to navigate. The only issue is not being able to click the link to access the video examples/suggestions.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
Overall, the grammar/spelling/punctuation of the book is great. I am giving it a 4, because I did see a few minor errors throughout the text. They are very minor and do not interrupt the flow of the material. For example, there is a sentence about what an audience needs that says 'They need not be bored', which should read, 'They need to not be bored'.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
I did not see any content that would be considered culturally insensitive or offensive. The author took the time to provide a wide variety of examples, from many different viewpoints and perspectives.
This book seems to be a very thorough, well written text with a modern voice and relatable approach. I like that the chapters/sections within each part are brief, although it makes the number of chapters/sections seem quite high. Also, on the home page where you can review the contents of the book, it identifies the 5 parts, plus additional resources. In the table of contents on the home page, classroom activities and additional resources shows sections 40-62. In the digital pdf, as well as in the epub on my kindle, it only shows section 40 and none of the others. They just need to be fixed to be consistent with each other.
Reviewed by Ron St John, Assistant Professor of Speech, University of Hawaii Maui College on 12/12/22
This content of the text includes comprehensive information for all areas and ideas of public speaking that would help anyone succeed in a Speech course and public speaking situations in life. There is no index, however, there is a robust search... read more
This content of the text includes comprehensive information for all areas and ideas of public speaking that would help anyone succeed in a Speech course and public speaking situations in life. There is no index, however, there is a robust search engine for the entire book. There is no glossary; however, in most browsers, you can highlight a word and right-click on it to look up the meaning of the word. There is a “Classroom Activities and Additional Resources” section, after the main sections of the text, that includes 22 subsections. The subsections provide a wealth of information, activities, YouTube videos, and a variety of resources to help readers effectively prepare, practice, and present superior speeches. There are YouTube samples throughout the Resources section that will be helpful to new learners who are accustomed to viewing digital examples.
Content Accuracy rating: 4
The content is accurate throughout for most readers. There are some sections that I would revise and include different information. Most readers may perceive these sections as accurate and consistent with popular beliefs and strategies, however, I do not think that they are literal, and in close alignment with the logic in the rest of the text. There are some minor errors in the text. I believe that the author of the text presents unbiased information and activities that will help readers, from any walk of life, improve their public speaking and communication skills. Most of the activities are geared toward face-to-face classes and could be easily adapted to Zoom and online classes. There are some alternative activities for synchronous and asynchronous distance education classes. Perhaps more alternative activities that can be easily used in synchronous and asynchronous courses are in the works for the next edition.
The content is up-to-date and includes the fundamentals of public speaking, which are identified and explained with current, and historical information, demonstrating the relevancy of the text, and the longevity of the information. Many of the examples in the text are current and could be easily updated to reflect changes in the times and mediums used to communicate. There are YouTube videos throughout the text that I am sure could be easily updated, replaced, or deleted if the relevance or timeliness of the video has waned.
This is a clear, engaging text, composed in a dynamic and well-written manner. This text is a real “scroller” (page-turner). When Communication and Public Speaking terminologies are used in the text, there are clear explanations, parenthetical explanations and examples (right after the concepts that some readers may need to understand the information), and specific examples are provided throughout the text. Some of the examples are in YouTube videos with clear explanations of the key takeaways from the videos and examples of how the reader can apply the information. The text and additional resources are reader-centered.
The content of the text is internally consistent throughout. The sections/chapters are composed consistently throughout the text. After reading sections “1.” and “2.” the reader should be able to easily identify the consistent layout of the text and expect the same layout for all other sections throughout the text. Consistent terminology is used throughout the text, and the author has identified terms that may not be familiar to some students, by explaining the terminology and providing parenthetical explanations and examples throughout the text. The Framework is consistent throughout the text. There are textboxes throughout the text with examples and explanations about key ideas and concepts that help the readers understand, learn, and even apply the information to situations in their lives.
This text is organized into six major sections that are divided into small chapters/sections that are relevant and aligned to the concerns and questions students have at the beginning of a public speaking class and throughout the class. The chapters/sections include engaging headings that direct and guide the reader through the section, with subheadings for each sub-section. The organization of the text aligns with the progression of basic public speaking courses and guides students through the natural process of learning and developing public speaking skills and strategies. The text includes subunits that prepare the reader for the next section. The text is reader-centered throughout.
The topics, concepts, and fundamentals of speech are presented logically and clearly. I can tell that the organization of the text and the sections was done by someone who actually teaches speech classes to students. The author has identified the best way to scaffold the information to help readers understand new concepts and build on previous knowledge as they are learning, developing, and practicing public speaking skills. As a speech instructor for over 30 years, this is one of the first texts that I have encountered that is organized in the same order that I present the information to students in my classes. The author has included internal previews and summaries for sections and subsections to aid the reader and help them flow into the next sections, subsections, ideas, and concepts so that they may better understand and learn the content in a logical progression. The author included “Key Takeaways” Boxes at the end of each section to help the reader identify the most important key ideas from each section. This is valuable for the readers who are just skimming through the section and see something in the Key Takeaways that they may want to go back and review. There is also a detailed “References” section at the end of each section to identify the outside sources used in the section.
The text is easy to navigate with “breadcrumb” hyperlinks, for the Previous chapter/section and the Next chapter/section, at the bottom of the browser, which is accessible at all times from any page. All images and charts are crystal clear. Throughout the text, videos are embedded in the pages that can be watched in the text, in a viewer, or in YouTube. I am sure that these videos can be easily updated and changed if they lose their appeal, become outdated, or are no longer available.
Grammatical Errors rating: 3
I can see that the author has spent countless hours on this text, and I know that it is challenging to find small justification, grammatical, and spelling errors. Unfortunately, to the chagrin of my students and anyone else whose work I am reviewing, I am cursed with the skill of having been a professional proofreader for a large printing and graphics design operation before grammar check, spell check, computers, or any other conveniences of modern-day lithography and graphics design. I am an extremely slow reader because I read every single word (and often aloud). In this text, I have found some justification and grammatical errors. Some are more glaring than others. Some are minor errors that go unnoticed and don’t affect the content or the readability of the text. For me, one error did create a pause in reading the text. So much so that I wanted to contact the author to let her know. Conveniently, there was a way to contact her at the end of every section. So I contacted the author, Lynn Meade, with the Instant Feedback Google Form at the end of the chapter/section. I am hoping that she addresses this concern or contacts me. Maybe it is not even an error, and I am not seeing the correct context of the information. I would gladly offer, free of charge, my proofreading services to the author.
Incorporated and integrated into this text are inclusive examples and explanations of how “Culture Makes a Difference.” There is an excellent explanation in one section of “Individualism vs Collectivism” and “High vs Low Context” cultures which are the basics of understanding cultural diversity and how culture can make a difference in the way we communicate with each other. Thank you for including this important and concise explanation of cultures.
This is an excellent text that I definitely plan on adopting for my speech and communication courses. I know that this text will engage my students and help them to improve their public speaking and communication skills. The fact that this is a Creative Commons zero-cost textbook is even better. The “Please share your feedback, suggestions, corrections, and ideas.” sections that the author has at the end of each chapter/section demonstrates her desire to get the feedback and put it back into the text and create a “living version of the text.” is awesome. This is an excellent idea, and I will absolutely include this in my Creative Commons text. The feedback is collected in Google Forms which is a great way to collect feedback. I will even use this type of reader/student feedback in my Learning Management System sections and modules for all of my courses. Thank you to the author for sharing this excellent idea.
Reviewed by Danielle Hartman, Adjunct Instructor, University of Mary Washington on 6/10/22
This book covers a lot of the various content areas in a comprehensive manner on the topic for novices, students with experience already, and for instructors. Some areas are not or rarely covered in other texts on public speaking. Some areas... read more
Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less
This book covers a lot of the various content areas in a comprehensive manner on the topic for novices, students with experience already, and for instructors. Some areas are not or rarely covered in other texts on public speaking. Some areas would have liked to see a little more information on such as DEI and online presentations. The Table of Contents is very helpful but there is no index.
Content is accurate and in some areas where there is debate it discussed the pros and cons of each side. Sometimes the author will indicate which side they recommend and others not, eliciting clear preferences or unbiased information.
The text uses very recent information and examples throughout. The pandemic and social justice movements since 2020 have had a significant impact on how presentations are done and inclusion efforts within public speaking and the text does a good job addressing these changes.
All terminology is clearly explained and in a very relatable and inclusive manner for novice and advanced speakers as well as instructors.
The text uses consistent terminology and structure throughout. It also indicates as needed to reference past chapters or sections or if something will be covered in more depth later on.
The text has clear sections making it easy for busy students and instructors to pick up and return to if they only have a few minutes at a time to read. It is written in a very conversational tone making it easy to retain information and sections are an appropriate length for attention spans.
The text has very clear and consistent organization. The organization makes logical sense even though it differs from other public speaking texts (for example addressing the nervousness and fear of public speaking is not at the beginning but in part 2). The text's structure allows students to go from their of idea generation and writing through the process as they experience, removing the initial focus of fear and hopefully this would help many students re-frame their initial impression of public speaking.
It is very easy to see and navigate through. The only issue I encountered was some charts in the PDF version are sideways so for those who download to have access offline would have a few pages that way.
There are a few typos but very minor.
The text does a good job being inclusive and diverse in terms of content as well as how speakers should work to do the same in their presentations and have good DEI. I would like to see a little more, particularly on accessibility.
Overall a fantastic and unique text on public speaking. At first the length seems daunting which may deter some students initially, but it reads well and quickly. The activities are beneficial and well connected to the topic throughout the text. It is a welcoming and inviting text making this subject and the act of public speaking less formidable.
Reviewed by Maryan Ali, Advanced Public Speaking (BETA), Howard University on 1/1/22
The book is comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics; it is compatible with the 21st-century audience because it has memories videos of real people and real-world scenarios from ordinary people to presidential speeches. The author made a... read more
The book is comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics; it is compatible with the 21st-century audience because it has memories videos of real people and real-world scenarios from ordinary people to presidential speeches. The author made a great deal of effort to present diverse examples of all types of speeches. I enjoyed reading and listening the presenters.
This book's content is excellent; it has diverse worldwide presenters who address global, domestic, national, and personal perspectives quite powerfully. The ideas of the people were accurate though it was not error-free. For instance, in the reported presentations, there are some errors due to punctuations. For instance, this book provides the tools to build or create beyond acceptable speech. As the author Lynn Meade mentions, it is about transforming the world.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The text was relevant to the central idea, thoughtful, and resourceful. Therefore, a future update or edition is possible. For example, in making the World Better Place, Lynn Mead (author) addresses how we have a power in us that can transform the world if we utilize it. Otherwise, it will limit or diminish our ideas. For example, the book teaches public speaking, provides activities for students, and shows real people's speeches. These video clips and links are tremendously helping students understand certain aspects of speech clearly. Another example is how 16th-year-old Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations Climate Action Summit. She stood up for her generation by articulating the effects of climate change on them and how the UN was not taking severe or mitigating the matter.
Clarity rating: 4
This book made technical terminologies easy to understand in context and definitions. It is a unique fact that the author made this book open and available to educators, students, other individuals in the US and around the world. In this book, Lynn Meade discussed and encouraged the importance of public speaking and how to approach it. For example, he made the idea so what who cares irrelevant by explaining the importance of caring about your audience and knowing what they need from the presenter, engaging and presenting the thoughtful, clear, and concise speech. For example, the book explained the meaning of the phrases, such as "mind the gap," which lets the people taking the subway in London watch out for the cracks between the platform and the train.
The text is pretty consistent with the communicative terminology and the framework. It employed countless sources of powerful speeches from the TED Talks to United Nations, each catered to its target audience, whether it was political changes, addressing natural phenomena, civil rights, and so on. For instance, The author articulated how to avoid random words while speaking in front of the audience. He concluded four remarks that transform one's speech: Avoiding nervousness. Designing content Delivery mechanism The audience's perception of your message.
The author did a great job dividing and subdividing small sections with the same central related ideas or topics. Therefore, the writer organized in a small, interconnected, engaging reader rather than disrupting. The book demonstrated speeches, such as informing, persuading, inspiring, motivating, or presenting a new idea or product. In addition, the author explored how each individual can utilize their potential, whether it is for job interviews, graduation ceremonies, business pitches, etc.
The book content is bulky yet is organized and touches diverse aspects of public speaking in a sense that teaches interactively, practically, and theoretically encourages learners. The idea flows throughout the book along with the relevant video clips of that particular topic. For example, the author utilizes a scenario to demonstrate how to get an idea, "Moving the Cheese Out of the Way So You Can Find Your Best Ideas." In addition, Lynn Meade presented a picture of food in a refrigerator, which helps the reader visualize and vividly remember this idea better.
This book does not have any visible distortion or interface issues. The author organized the topics on the content page and, when clicked, displays the subject and its subtopics, so I have not come across significant issues navigating the throughout the book. In addition, it has 673 pages and video links, which is a rich resource to tap into to master public speaking. It is an excellent book to have for all elements of public speaking.
The text contains grammatical errors, particularly the video transcriptions. For example, on page 47, this statement needs a period or semicolon after the word them, "People appreciate a speaker who took the time to think about them it will increase both liking and credibility." There are compound and complex statements like this that I came across as I read the book.
The text is not offensive in any way; in fact, it addresses how to avoid all phrases and words that are not appropriate for speech professionally or formally. In addition, the book has a diverse group of people addressing specific issues necessary. For example, the speech given by Tshering Tobgay highlights variety, cultures, and inclusiveness. Introduces his country, his traditional dress, and what his government did to become Carbon Neutral.
The book is an excellent resource for almost everyone to reference for their speeches; therefore, I like to thank Lynn Meade, the author, for his generosity in making this book an open book that educates us about public speaking.
Reviewed by Amy Rawson, Professor, Century College on 10/26/21
I really like the content of this OER textbook. I have looked over many OER textbooks and this one is by far the best. I love how the author organized the content into smaller chunks for students and the information provided was relevant, current,... read more
I really like the content of this OER textbook. I have looked over many OER textbooks and this one is by far the best. I love how the author organized the content into smaller chunks for students and the information provided was relevant, current, and helpful. I could see myself using this in class. This textbook covers all areas and ideas of the fundamentals of public speaking appropriately--the only thing I would change would be the word "Advanced" in the title as I think this textbook could be applied more broadly to Introduction to Public Speaking courses. There was not a glossary that I could find, but a strong and detailed table of contents was provided. Each of the chapters were so rich with content, I do not think a glossary and/or index is necessarily needed.
I only found 1 typo which was an extra space in the introduction. The overall content of this textbook was extremely accurate and I loved the links to useful video examples and websites, etc. The textbook is unbiased in my opinion.
The content of the textbook is currently up-to-date, but I could see that quickly changing based on the next current event, social unrest, and/or next election. This has the potential to make the textbook seem more dated within a short period of time, but no necessarily obsolete. I do believe that this textbook is well written and organized in such a way that necessary updates should be relatively easy and straightforward to implement such as changing videos, links, and some content.
One of the main reasons I like this textbook is because it seems written with a focus of the audience of students. It is written well and any jargon/technical terminology is explained. It seems written in a laid back, casual, conversational tone which I think will strongly appeal to students and instructors.
Yes, the textbook is internally consistent in terms of framework and terminology. Although there are multiple chapters within a section of this textbook the author clearly explains this is on purpose so students can quickly access what they need.
This textbook is readily and easily divisible into smaller reading sections that could easily be assigned at different points within the course. As I stated before, there are multiple chapters within each section. However, the author clearly describes that this intent was purposeful so students can readily access what they want and/or need. The textbook is well organized and should not present much disruption to the reader. The textbook has a nice flow.
This textbook is well organized and topics are clearly presented in a logical way. This textbook covers all of the important aspects of a public speaking textbook and could be used (in my opinion) both advanced or introductory college-level speech classes.
Overall I do not think there are interface issues. There is no glossary or index, but this may be by design. The only piece that may distract or confuse students could be all of the chapters listed in one section.
There were no grammatical errors that I found.
This textbook uses inclusive examples (and so do the links and videos) which I appreciated. It is not offensive or culturally insensitive in any way.
It is a great textbook! Thank you for this opportunity to review.
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- III. Presentation Aids for Speech
- IV. Speeches
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This Open Textbook for Public Speaking was first created under a Round Three ALG Textbook Transformation Grant. Since then, the book has undergone three new editions.
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Exploring Public Speaking: The Free College Public Speaking Textbook began as the brainchild of Dr. Kris Barton, Chair of the Department of Communication at Dalton State College. It also was made possible through a generous Textbook Transformation Grant in 2015 from Affordable Learning Georgia, a highly successful program of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Barton asked me to help him author/compile the text.
The goal was to provide a high-quality, usable, accessible, and low-cost textbook for the hundreds of students who take COMM 1110 at Dalton State College every year. This course is required of all degree-seeking students. We have been able to save students hundreds of thousands of dollars already with this text. Unexpectedly and happily, the text has also been downloaded close to 14,000 times (as of August 2018) all over the world and has been adopted at many other institutions.
Dr. Barton and I worked on creating the textbook from July 2015 until May 2016, with the goal of going live with the text in Summer of 2016. Tragically Dr. Barton passed away in early May, a reality that still does not seem real. He has been greatly missed as a friend, colleague, father, scholar, teacher, and mentor.
The launch of the book proceeded; however, due to the loss of Dr. Barton, the ancillaries were not finished. In Summer 2017 I took on a significant revision and updating which I named the Second Edition. I included in that edition information on college student success in the appendices. In January 2018, a colleague, Matthew LeHew, and I won a grant from the University System to create the ancillaries and improve the format for more accessibility. I decided to remove the “Dalton State” from the title and most examples for wider appeal. An appendix on library research retains the information for specific use of Roberts Library on our campus.
Over 90% of the book is original with Dr. Barton, me, or other colleagues at Dalton State College. Some parts, specifically from Chapters 9, 10, and 15, are adapted from another open resource public speaking text whose author prefers not to be cited.
This Third Edition, along with including necessary updates and being formatted with different software, includes four more appendices: one on online speaking, one on APA, one on humor and storytelling in public speaking, and one on Dalton State’s Library. I have also tried to clarify concepts, to provide “case studies” to show the rhetorical process, and include more outlines and examples.
We think this book is especially useful in coverage of PowerPoint, audience responsiveness, ethics in public speaking, special occasion speeches, and structure of speeches. Three ancillaries are available: electronic “flash cards” for study, Powerpoints on the 15 main chapters, and test banks for the 15 main chapters.
Thank you for downloading Exploring Public Speaking, and the co-authors and I truly wish you happy teaching and learning with it. We welcome input. If you choose to use it, let us know at [email protected].
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- Elements of Public Speaking Public speaking is the process of designing and delivering a message to an audience. Effective public speaking involves understanding your audience and speaking goals, choosing elements for the speech that will engage your audience with your topic, and delivering your message skillfully. Good public speakers understand that they must plan, organize, and revise their material in order to develop an effective speech. This book will help you understand the basics of effective public speaking and guide you through the process of creating your own presentations.
- Exploring Public Speaking 4e Especially useful in coverage of PowerPoint, audience analysis and responsiveness, ethics in public speaking, persuasion, special occasion speeches, and structure of speeches. Because it was written by communication professors with decades of experience in the classroom, we are aware of the needs of basic public speaking students. Three ancillaries are currently available: electronic “flash cards” for study, PowerPoint slide decks on the 15 main chapters, and test banks for the 15 main chapters. Case studies are included in this 4th edition.
- Public Speaking - The Public Speaking Project (Libre Texts) This text offers an assortment of virtual tools to help users improve their public speaking skills. A variety of speech professionals who are dedicated to providing free and low cost instructional materials contributed their original work.
- Start Here, Speak Anywhere! “This book was written by several faculty members, including a librarian, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) with a purpose of ‘advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students’ and strengthening ‘a culture of care inside and outside the classroom.’ (Mission Statement of BMCC)”
- Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speakingfeatures two key themes. First it focuses on helping students become more seasoned and polished public speakers, and second is its emphasis on ethics in communication. It is this practical approach and integrated ethical coverage that setsStand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking apart from the other texts in this market.
- Advanced Public Speaking This advanced public speaking textbook is designed to encourage growth as a public speaker and help sharpen skills. Written with a friendly and accessible tone it provides practical advice on speaking. Grow in confidence, unleash personal power and find your unique style. Learn to take your speaking to the next level-- become polished and professional.
- The Public Speaking Resource Project This Press Book is comprised of three Units: Special Occasion Speaking; Informative Speaking; and Persuasive Speaking. Additionally, Introductory and Resource sections are included. In the future, more units will be added to this Press Book. Many instructors are opting to use high quality, low cost, “Open Education Resources” (OER) textbooks. Students’ voices have been heard, especially in Minnesota where students from a variety of public and private 2-year and 4-year schools organized, lobbied and won major footing concerning flexible textbook adoption requirements in Minnesota. In the spirit of sharing, students from MN introductory public speaking classes have generously donated and granted permission for sharing their sample speeches, outlines, and written work as well as a personal self-critique of their speech presentations.
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Public Speaking Chapters
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking
- Chapter 2: The Origins of Public Speaking
- Chapter 3: Ethics in Public Speaking
- Chapter 4: Listening Effectively
- Chapter 5: Audience Analysis
- Chapter 6: Critical Thinking and Reasoning
- Chapter 7: Supporting Your Ideas
- Chapter 8: Organizing and Outlining
- Chapter 9: Introductions and Conclusions
- Chapter 10: Using Language Well
- Chapter 11: Speaking with Confidence
- Chapter 12: Delivering Your Speech
- Chapter 13: Visual Aids
- Chapter 14: Speaking to a Global Audience
- Chapter 15: Informative Speaking
- Chapter 16: Persuasive Speaking
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Many instructors are opting to use high quality, low cost, “Open Education Resources” (OER) textbooks. Students’ voices have been heard, especially in Minnesota where students from a variety of public and private 2-year and 4-year schools organized, lobbied and won major footing concerning flexible textbook adoption requirements in Minnesota. In the spirit of sharing, students from MN introductory public speaking classes have generously donated and granted permission for sharing their sample speeches, outlines, and written work as well as a personal self-critique of their speech presentations.
Overview of The Public Speaking Resource Project Contents
This Press Book focuses on three public speaking units: Special Occasion Speaking; Informative Speaking; and Persuasive Speaking.
The first part of the book integrates the theory and skills associated with an Introduction to Public Speaking class from the OER Book Exploring Public Speaking, 4th Edition , shared through a creative commons 4.0 license.
The second part highlights the three public speaking units. Finally, the book ends with a resource section. The book was originally created to complement an OER book called The Public Speaking Project . Unfortunately, due to a number of unfortunate circumstances, this book is no longer able to be updated. Therefore, I have merged chapters and additional educational resources from a number of credible, well-thought-out OER textbooks in Public Speaking into this OER book. I will continue to update and adapt this book to best meet an introductory college student’s needs in learning public speaking.
In the Second Part, Each Unit follows the pattern of:
- Start – In the “start” area, you can expect an overview of the unit, including the suggested Speech Assignment handout.
- Read – The “read” section will include links to the related chapters. Additionally, an introduction to the unit and study guide for students offers relevant reading materials.
- Instructors should visit the online Public Speaking Resource Project Desire2Learn Brightspace site that is open to instructors who may wish to upload “learning objects,” created in LodeStar, to their own online class shells.
- Learning Objects will ultimately be shared in a Minnesota State Repository.
- Sample Speeches have been recorded and shared with the students’ written permission. Highlighted speeches include sample outlines, sample student self-critiques, and other resources. This PressBook will continue to update and more samples will be added.
- Do – “Doing” includes tips from past students on how to accomplish the speech assignment. Additionally, sample discussion questions are included.
- Reflect – The final section of “Reflect” includes a self-critique/self-reflection unit and sample student self-critiques.
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