The Speaker's Primer, 3e National Edition

Joseph M. Valenzano III, Melissa Broeckelman-Post, Stephen W. Braden

The Speaker's Primer is a concise, practical guide to delivering individual and group presentations in both face-to-face and digital environments. Since many students must overcome a fear of public speaking and most assessments are based on performance, the text offers secondary assessments throughout that are critical in helping them succeed. Material focuses on the ethical dimensions of public speaking, including the importance of listening as an audience member as well as full chapters devoted to civility, culture and diversity, and speaking in a wide variety of career settings.The Speaker’s Primer takes care to fully engage speaking with technology, with new content that supports speakers when adapting presentations for virtual delivery, illuminating challenges and offering clear tips and guidelines to ensure success.

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Table of Contents for The Speaker's Primer, 3e National Edition

  • Chapter 1: Understanding Public Communication
  • Chapter 2: Speech Anxiety
  • Chapter 3: Speaking and Ethics
  • Chapter 4: Civility
  • Chapter 5: Speaking in Your Career
  • Chapter 6: Culture and Diversity
  • Chapter 7: Topic Selection
  • Chapter 8: Research and Preparation
  • Chapter 9: Audience Analysis
  • Chapter 10: Supporting Materials
  • Chapter 11: Context and the Speech Situation
  • Chapter 12: Outlining
  • Chapter 13: Introductions, Conclusions, and Connective Statements
  • Chapter 14: Reasoning

Key features

  • Concise, practical guide to crafting and delivering individual and group presentations in both face-to-face and digital environments
  • Provides focus on the ethical dimensions of public speaking, including the importance of listening as an audience member, as well as full chapters devoted to civil communication, culture and diversity, and speaking in career settings
  • Fully engages speaking with technology: new content supports speakers when adapting presentations for virtual delivery, illuminating challenges and offering clear tips and guidelines to ensure success