Effective Public Speaking
Effective Public Speaking

Effective Public Speaking

Lead Author(s): George Griffin and Contributors

Student Price: $63.00

Designed to teach the skills and build the confidence your students need to become effective public speakers.

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Key features in this textbook

Effective Public Speaking gives students the confidence and competence in preparing and presenting speeches with real student videos, a comprehensive glossary, up to five in-class activities per chapter, and a full chapter on controlling speech anxiety.
Using Bongo for Top Hat, students can practice their oral communication skills and get feedback from instructors or their peers.
Built-in assessment questions embedded throughout chapters so students can read a little, do a little, and test themselves to see what they know!

Comparison of Public Speaking Textbooks

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Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

$63

Accessible on any device for lifetime access

$121.80

Hardcover print text only

$99.29

Hardcover print text only

$114.52

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Content meets standard for Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology course, and is updated with the latest content

In-Book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Only available with supplementary resources at additional cost

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Pricing

Average price of textbook across most common format

Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

$63

Accessible on any device for life

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

$121.80

Hardcover print text only

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

$99.29

Hardcover print text only

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

$114.52

Hardcover print text only

Always up-to-date content, constantly revised by community of professors

Constantly revised and updated by a community of professors with the latest content

Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Top Hat

George Griffin, Effective Public Speaking, Only one edition needed

McGraw-Hill

Stephen Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 12th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach, 9th Edition

Pearson

Beebe & Beebe, Public Speaking Handbook, 5th Edition

About this textbook

Lead Authors

George Griffin, Professor of SpeechKeiser University

George Griffin earned his degrees at the University of West Florida and Auburn University. He has been teaching college, business seminars and workshops for over 30 years, while still doing public speaking engagements for non-profit organizations. Currently, he is serving as the Professor of Speech at Keiser University, Orlando, and as Adjunct Professor at Stetson University. George is also the author of “STAGE FRIGHT! A Student-Friendly Guide to Managing the Jitters.”

Contributing Authors

Wade CorneliusNew Mexico State University

Kathryn DederichsUniversity of St. Thomas

Morgan GintherInstructional Designer at Texas A & M

Luke GreenSt. Cloud Technical and Community College

María Elena BermúdezGeorgia State University

Daryle NaganoEl Camino College

Wendy YarberryFlorida State College at Jacksonville

Allen DavisIndiana University

Jasmine RobertsOhio State University

Krista MacDonaldDoña Ana Community College

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Activity#1: You Cannot Not Communicate

Instructions: Instructor asks for a volunteer with no other explanation than, “I need someone to volunteer who is not afraid to come up in front of the class.” Usually, the most outspoken student in the group will step up, but it doesn’t matter who volunteers. Once that person has come to the front of the room and is congratulated for being the first volunteer of the course, the instructor asks for a second volunteer, “but the second volunteer can remain seated, you just have to be able to be our timekeeper. Someone with a stopwatch on their phone, maybe?” This volunteer will be much easier to find.

The instructor introduces the two volunteers to each other, and then gives out their assignments:

Volunteer 1 – your job is, for a total of 60 seconds, just one minute, I want you to communicate absolutely nothing to the class.” The look on the student’s face will probably bring a laugh from the class, as they don’t usually understand the assignment. Whatever they ask, stick with the original instructions – all I am asking you to do is to communicate nothing to the class.

Volunteer 2 – your job is to be out timekeeper; all we need you to do is to time out the 60 seconds for us, tell us when the time begins, and then call out every 15 seconds to (Volunteer 1’s name). Call out when it reaches 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, and then finally when we reach 60 seconds.

And for the rest of us, since we already have a timekeeper, the rest of us should simply watch (Volunteer 1’s name) during this minute and see how well he follows instructions!

The instructor tells the timekeeper to “let me get to the back of the class – I don’t want to be a distraction – and you can say when to go.”

The next minute will be very awkward, as Volunteer 1 tries to figure out what to do. Be prepared for creativity! I’ve seen students start babbling random unimportant statements, or turn their back on the audience and stand at attention, or stare out into the crowd trying not to blink, hide behind a large lectern, and one student even left the room and stayed out in the hallway for the minute. Doesn’t matter. Let them be as creative as they can be.

When the timekeeper announces that the 60 seconds is up, tell Volunteer 1 to take their seat, but please be quiet because we’re all going to talk about you.

One by one, ask everyone in the audience to name one thing they noticed about the volunteer while he/she was up there. Students can also upload their thoughts to the discussion labelled "What did you Notice?" No detail is too small, but encourage everyone to name at least one thing they observed. On occasion, ask follow-up questions, such as, “Yeah, I noticed him trying not to smile, too. Why do you think he did that?” Let students explain anything at all they noticed, even if they contradict what someone else said.

After everyone has stated an observation, start a closing discussion by asking, “Now, the big question is, ‘Why did we do this little experiment?’” Allow anything the class offers, including things like to show us how long a minute can be when you don’t have anything to say, trying to get us used to standing in front of the class, etc., acknowledging that this indeed was a forerunner to the section on non-verbal communications that will come later.

Remind the students – “What was the only thing I asked of (Volunteer 1)? To communicate nothing. Considering all the things you guys noticed in that 60 seconds, how well did he/she do at communicating nothing?

Ask for suggestions as to how they could have done that?

Eventually, work the conversation toward the conclusion that “you cannot NOT communicate.” This will also reinforce why it is so valuable for everyone to take this course, even if they are not planning to go into a career involving public speaking.