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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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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$114.52

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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 2: Homework Questions

HQ2.01

The most effective public speakers have found a way to totally eliminate any stage fright.

A

True

B

False


HQ2.02

Visualizing success is a method that can relieve some of the anxiety related to public speaking.

A

True

B

False


HQ2.03

If making eye contact with the audience causes you anxiety, you should simply look over their heads to the back of the room. That will look natural to the audience.

A

True

B

False


HQ2.04

“Emulating success” means that you imitate someone else when delivering your speech.

A

True

B

False


HQ2.06

The more notes you use during the speech, the more confident you will feel.

A

True

B

False


HQ2.07

One of the common suggestions to control nervousness when you step in front of an audience is to imagine everyone in the room is sitting in their underwear, and you are the only one fully clothed. That way your brain thinks that everyone else is uncomfortable, but not you. Does this work?

A

Yes

B

No

C

Oh, HELL no!


HQ2.08

The best way to take control of your stage fright is to start working on it:

A

Well before the day of the speech

B

The day of the speech

C

During the speech

D

After the speech is done

E

All of the above


HQ2.09

If you have a high degree of speaking anxiety, you should try all of the following except:

A

Using tension-release techniques

B

Accepting fear as normal

C

Imagining yourself giving a perfect speech

D

Using positive self-suggestions


HQ2.10

One recommendation for relieving tension is to memorize:

A

Your introduction

B

Your conclusion

C

Both the introduction and conclusion

D

Your entire presentation


HQ2.11

The best way to do relaxation breathing is:

A

Quick shallow breaths

B

Deep, slow breaths

C

“Power breathing” so your cheeks puff out

D

Holding your breath until your heart stops pounding


HQ2.12

Which of the following is a true recommendation for controlling nervousness:

A

Stand behind the lectern so the audience can’t see if you are feeling shaky

B

Look over the heads of the audience to avoid eye contact

C

Prepare more notes than you will really need, just in case

D

Replace the negative thoughts about your upcoming speech with positive thoughts


HQ2.13

“Consider the Big Picture” means:

A

If the speech doesn’t go as well as planned, so what?

B

It’s okay if I don’t give it my best effort.

C

The speech in class is only for practice anyway.

D

Keep things in perspective; don’t make small mistakes bigger than they are.


HQ2.14

Once the speech is over, name three things you can do to help boost your confidence.


HQ2.15
No correct answers: No correct answer has been set for this question

Take a look at the picture below. Does the speaker look confident or nervous? Click on any part of the picture that gives away how the speaker is feeling.