Equips students with a firm grounding in the ''hows'' and ''whys'' of public speaking by providing an ideal balance of theory and skills while placing important emphases on critiquing, ethics, and critical thinking.
Written in a casual, lively style and clearly organized, this edition of Mastering Public Speaking builds on its previous success. The Sixth Edition retains its popular and distinctive emphasis on the ethical contract between speaker and listener and on the value of critiquing speeches to improve one's own skills. Students also learn how to think critically as they choose speech topics, conduct research, organize content, select language, manage nervousness, and deliver speeches. The Sixth Edition offers two new features, ''Theory into Practice'' and ''Try This,'' that help students understand and apply concepts and strategies of public communication to enhance their speaking competence. Full of student examples from both two- and four-year schools (some of which are included in video form on MySpeechLab), Mastering Public Speaking adds interest and relevance to all aspects of the speech-making process.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE: MySpeechLab
- A state-of-the-art, interactive and instructive solution for introductory public speaking.
- Designed to be used as a supplement to a traditional lecture course, or to completely administer an online course.
- Combines an E-book, multimedia, video clips, speech preparation activities, research support, tests and quizzes to completely engage students.
- Strong coverage of ethics throughout:
- The first public speaking book to include a full chapter on ethics (Ch. 2) continues to stress to students the importance of being ethical speakers and listeners.
- ''Ethical Decisions'' boxes present mini-cases in which students must choose between controversial courses of action. Thought-provoking questions follow each scenario, providing springboards for engaging classroom debates.
- In-chapter discussions of ethical issues throughout the book stress to students how ethics is a part of the entire public speaking process.
- Emphasis on speech criticism:
- Step-by-step instruction on speech criticism is introduced in Chapter 4 along with discussion on reacting to criticism that shows students how to use feedback constructively.
- Critiquing guidelines printed in the back of the book serve as a reference tool.
- A model speech and speech critique are included in the appendix.
- Annotated speeches appear in Chapters 15 and 17 and illustrate how two students constructed their informative and persuasive speeches.
- ''Practice Critique'' activities that correlate with student speeches in the Appendix appear at the end of each chapter.
- Emphasis on critical thinking:
- In-text discussions of specific critical thinking skills are incorporated throughout the text, appearing early in the chapters to reinforce how critical thinking relates to each topic at hand.
- Emphasis on technology:
- The Sixth Edition provides a current guide to student research of databases and Internet sources, with a strong emphasis on how to evaluate Internet sites.
- ''On the Web'' boxes throughout the book emphasize the wealth of useful information on the Internet.
- ''Key Points'' boxes, chapter outlines, and detailed chapter summaries reinforce instruction and aid student review.
- Two full chapters on persuasion highlight persuasive theory, types of argument, and a discussion of logical fallacies.
- ''Speaking with Confidence'' boxes feature students throughout the country explaining how Grice & Skinner's text helped them to build their confidence throughout the stages of the public speaking process.
- Updated coverage of electronic research sources, with increased emphasis on databases and academic search engines, provides a ready-reference for students conducting research. Increased examples of MLA and APA bibliographic forms for electronic sources.
- Eleven sample speeches represent a diversity of speakers and occasions: student and professional speakers; classroom and contest student speeches; speeches by two-year, four-year, and graduate school students; informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches (Ch. 15, 17, 18 & Appendix). Several of the speeches appear in video format on MySpeechLab.
- Section on how to cite sources in a speech provides an easy-to-understand reference for students (Ch. 8).
- Updated examples, including those that reflect greater cultural diversity and changes in technology.
- Includes a section on how to construct and use questionnaires in analyzing the audience and developing a speech (Ch. 5).
- Contemporary Classic Speeches DVD (0-205-40552-5) is available for instructors and as a Valuepack option for students when ordering this book.
New To This Edition
- "Theory into Practice,'' a boxed feature that appears in every chapter, helps students understand and apply concepts and strategies of public communication to enhance their speaking competence.
- ''Try This'' boxes, also in each chapter, engage students in specific assignments that will prepare them for speeches they give in and outside of class. Students may self-select these activities or they may be assigned by their instructors.
- Selected sample speeches discussed in the book are available on MySpeechLab in video format, offering visual examples for students.
- A stunning new design will engage students while presenting content in a more user-friendly style.
- Key content updates include:
- Chapter 1, ''An Introduction to Public Speaking,'' more clearly illustrates how students use critical thinking skills as they research, construct, and deliver their speeches.
- Chapter 7, ''Researching Your Topic,'' now recognizes that most students research primarily online. New information focuses on searching more deeply on the web while continuing to emphasize the quality of library subscription databases and academic and subject-specific search engines.
- Chapter 8, ''Supporting Your Speech,'' expands its already strong emphasis on how to cite sources, especially from the Internet, with additional examples of poor versus good oral footnotes.
- Chapter 12, ''Wording Your Speech,'' elevates the importance of using inclusive language and using oral style.