Effective Public Speaking
Effective Public Speaking

Effective Public Speaking

Lead Author(s): George Griffin and Contributors

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

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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.
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Built-in assessment questions embedded throughout chapters so students can read a little, do a little, and test themselves to see what they know!

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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

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Average price of textbook across most common format

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

$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

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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

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

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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Chapter 1: Homework Questions


HQ1.01

One of the advantages of a public speaking course is that you will learn how to turn off communication once in a while.

A

True

B

False


HQ1.02

Competence and confidence are two of the qualities that can be developed through a public speaking course.

A

True

B

False


HQ1.03

After you have completely mastered a new skill, you reach a level known as “Consciously Incompetent.”

A

True

B

False


HQ1.04

Conversation and public speaking are entirely different forms of communication with very little in common.

A

True

B

False


HQ1.05

One of the weaknesses of a speech class is that it doesn’t address the necessary skill of listening effectively.

A

True

B

False


HQ1.06

The skills you learn in public speaking class can directly apply to many of the other classes you take in college.

A

True

B

False


HQ1.07

One way to define “effective public speaking” is, “When you speak, something happens.”

A

True

B

False


HQ1.08

The two ways in which we communicate with others are:

A

Everything we do and everything we say

B

Everything we do and say, and everything we don’t do or say

C

Speaking and listening

D

Written and spoken


HQ1.09

Which of the following professions do not really require effective communication skills:

A

Attorney

B

Accountant

C

Broadcaster

D

Pharmacist

E

None of the above


HQ1.10

Of the five levels of communication, which one describes communicating with yourself:

A

Intrapersonal

B

Interpersonal

C

Nonverbally

D

Symbolically


HQ1.11

Communicating with an undefined and unquantified audience is known as:

A

Small Group Communication

B

Public Speaking

C

Mass Communication

D

Conversation


HQ1.12

Of the various elements of communication, which one do we engage most often:

A

Speaking skills

B

Listening skills

C

Writing skills

D

Nonverbal skills


HQ1.13

Public Speaking class is a lot like taking a drivers’ education course because:

A

You see a lot of people “crash and burn”

B

You watch a lot of scary videos

C

You actually learn by doing

D

If you just read the book you’ll do fine


HQ1.14

A symbol is any action or object that is used to ________


HQ1.15

Developing any new skill will involve a four step process. Put the four steps in the correct chronological order:

A

Unconsciously Incompetent

B

Unconsciously Competent

C

Consciously Incompetent

D

Consciously Competent