Exploring Public Speaking

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

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

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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



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


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

About the Book

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.

About the Contributors


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.