Exploring Public Speaking: 2nd Revision

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Kris Barton, Florida State University
Barbara Tucker, University of Georgia

Pub Date: 2016

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Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Susan Millsap, Professor, Otterbein University, on 5/22/2018.

This text is a true entry level standard for public speaking. The authors do an excellent job of covering the main concepts and illustrating how … read more

 

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Reviewed by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Instruction and Public Speaking Course Director, Temple University, on 5/22/2018.

Yes. Exploring Public Speaking: 2nd Revision meets or exceeds the subject matter covered in standard (print) and OER textbooks. I have reviewed … read more

 

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Reviewed by Muhammad Khan, Communication Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College, on 5/22/2018.

The book does a good job of covering all of the necessities and even goes beyond this. It's actually very likely a bit too comprehensive at-times. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Nichelle McNabb, Professor, Otterbein University, on 5/22/2018.

The textbook is comprehensive. It covers all of the major areas that I would like to see covered in a Public Speaking textbook.. There are, however, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Alane Presswood, VAP/Director of Oral Communication, Hollins University, on 3/28/2018.

This text provides a solid introduction to all the fundamentals of oral communication, and actually does a better job than many similar text at … read more

 

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Reviewed by Shay Jones, Lecturer, Penn State Harrisburg, on 2/2/2018.

At first glance I was concerned that this textbook would not measure up to the one I so dearly love to use now, "Public Speaking Matters" by Kory … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amy Sauertieg, Lecturer, Penn State University Harrisburg, on 2/2/2018.

The book discusses all the material I would want to cover in an introductory public speaking class. It follows the traditional topics of most speech textbooks.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Staci Kuntzman, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, on 2/2/2018.

The text does is very thorough and does an exemplary job of including many communication theories as they relate to public speaking. Chapter 10 on … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sandy Hanson, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, on 2/2/2018.

1. This book does not have an index; this is problematic. 2. The glossary seems complete. 3. Chapter two spends way too much time explaining … read more

 

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Reviewed by Marina Whitchurch, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College, on 8/16/2017.

super detailed. I love the use of applicable research to describe such as the of Griffin’s communication process to three games. ethics...highly … read more

 

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Reviewed by Franklin Williams, Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text does a great job breaking down each important component of public speaking.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Janine Pate, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text is very comprehensive, covering all of the topics I address in my Public Speaking classes, and in more or less the same order that I … read more

 

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Reviewed by Matthew LoJacono, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University, on 6/21/2017.

This book covers every aspect of public speaking, from the Ancient Greek origins of public speaking theory, to the modern day technologies often used … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amy Rawson, Professor, Century College, on 6/21/2017.

There are fifteen chapters in this open textbook covering most of the areas of a typical introductory public speaking text appropriately. There are … read more

 

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Reviewed by Taylor Simpson, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers all necessary areas on public speaking education appropriately, but I would have organized the material in a more logical way. The … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amanda Grier, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University, on 4/12/2017.

The text has a detailed index of book chapters and sub chapters. The book covers an extensive amount of information about public speaking. This book … read more

 

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Reviewed by David Edwards, Instructor, South Central College, Faribault campus, on 2/9/2017.

A very good textbook for an introduction to public speaking course. Contains fifteen chapters of reasonable length and has all of the topics one … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – The Basics of Public Speaking
  • Chapter 2 – Audience Analysis and Listening
  • Chapter 3 – Ethics in Public Speaking
  • Chapter 4 – Selecting Your Approach and Main Points
  • Chapter 5 – Researching Your Speech Topic
  • Chapter 6 – Organizing and Outlining Your Speech
  • Chapter 7 – Incorporating Evidence into Your Speech
  • Chapter 8– Introductions and Conclusions and Transitions
  • Chapter 9 – Presentation Aids in Speaking
  • Chapter 10 – Language
  • Chapter 11 – Delivery
  • Chapter 12 – Informative Speaking
  • Chapter 13 – Persuasive Speaking
  • Chapter 14 – Logical Reasoning
  • Chapter 15 – Special Occasion Speaking

Appendix A: Cultural Diversity and Public Speaking
Appendix B: Becoming a College Student
Appendix C: Glossary
Appendix D: References 

About the Book

This 2nd revision includes a new look and font, new graphics, and an appendix on first year issues. The table of contents is hyperlinked, and all graphics are tagged.

In fifteen chapters the authors have attempted to address all the major concerns, issues, and material that an introductory, freshmen-level public speaking course involves. Beginning with the value of public speaking to one’s life and overcoming public speaking anxiety, the subsequent chapters cover listening and audience analysis; plagiarism and ethics; invention and thesis development; research; organization; introductions, conclusions, and transitions; supporting material; delivery; visual aids; language choices; informative speaking; persuasive speaking; logic and fallacies; and special occasion speeches. The book was written with students in the open access college and with diversity in mind.

All the topics that would be found in a traditional textbook are there, at no cost. The appendices include a glossary (key terms are also defined in the text and highlighted in boxes in the margins), a chapter on speaking to diverse audiences, sample outlines, and references. Color photographs, diagrams, and charts are included. The book is being used for the first time with the full cohort of freshmen student, and ongoing revisions are planned as needed.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Dr. Kris Barton (Ph.D., Mass Communication, Florida State University) was Chair of the Department of Communication and Associate Professor of Communication at Dalton State College from 2008 to his sudden passing in May 2016. He was a well published and respected scholar in pop culture and mass media as well as the author of trivia books. His legacy at Dalton State included the initiation of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, the development of an undergraduate research program and introduction of many students to scholarly conferences, and making an indelible mark on the hundreds of students he taught.

Dr. Barbara G. Tucker (Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, University of Georgia) is current Chair of the Department of Communication and Professor of Communication at Dalton State College. She holds master’s degrees in public address and writing from Ohio University and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, respectively. Her 38-year teaching career, especially of the basic public speaking course, informs this textbook. She has served as president of the Georgia Communication Association and Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs as DSC.