Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking

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Pub Date: 2016

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Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by David Askay, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, on 7/16/2014.

The textbook provides a comprehensive discussion of topics related to public speaking, including focused chapters on commonly assigned … read more

 

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Reviewed by Michelle Lutz, Adjunct English and Communication Professor, University of Northwestern - St. Paul, on 7/16/2014.

This wonderful book goes well beyond any communication text I have read or used as a professor. In addition to covering the basics, it includes … read more

 

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Reviewed by Mike Baxter-Kauf, Lecturer, University of Minnesota, on 6/11/2015.

The text does a nice job covering the mechanics of constructing a speech and has a very thorough explanation of the goals, ethics and other … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sarah Zwick-Tapley, Adjunct Instructor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

This book is an excellent introduction to public speaking. I especially appreciate that ethics is covered in addition to standard public speaking … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jeremy Estrella, Dept. Chair/ Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

The book covered many of the essential elements of a public speaking textbook. It has a thorough overview of ethics and public speaking, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jonna Ziniel, Department Chair, Valley City State University, on 1/8/2016.

The text covers all major components of public speaking in general. However, there are some major components missing that you will most likely need … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kari Frisch, Instructor, Central Lakes College, on 1/8/2016.

The textbook actually covered more than what I was anticipating. I falsely thought it was going to be more of a handbook or guide, something I'd use … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kathryn Black Lance, Instructor, Central Lakes Community and Technical College, on 1/8/2016.

The textbook covers all of the necessary topics included in your typical Public Speaking Introductory course to include audience analysis, ethics, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Stacie Williams, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

This text stands up very well against many popular public speaking textbooks from large publishing houses that I've used. There are well written … read more

 

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Reviewed by Shannon Crawford Barniskis, Instructor, Doctoral Candidate, Consultant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on 1/8/2016.

The book is quite comprehensive, and covers similar materials to other public speaking texts. Where it stands out is in its excellent and clear … read more

 

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Reviewed by Richard Schutta, Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout, on 1/8/2016.

This is by the best text book on public speaking that I have seen recently in terms of the overall content. What I would like to see is a better … read more

 

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Reviewed by Karen Krumrey-Fulks, Lead Faculty, Lane Community College, on 1/8/2016.

This textbook is backed with current research and great examples making it an interesting and informative read. It reaches out to students by … read more

 

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Reviewed by Leslie Harris, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on 8/22/2016.

This is a good basic public speaking textbook. It covers the main topics that one would expect in a public speaking textbook and includes plenty of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Katie Trombley, Instructor, M State Community and Technical College, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook was one of the most comprehensive public speaking textbooks I have viewed. However, I found it to be lacking in critical thinking … read more

 

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Reviewed by David Edwards, Instructor, South Central College, Faribault campus, on 8/22/2016.

All the topics one would expect in a public speaking course are included. They reflect the standard topics found in almost all mainstream public … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kathleen German, Full Professor, Miami University -- Oxford, Ohio, on 8/22/2016.

Stand up, Speak--The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking is a relatively comprehensive textbook, although it’s longer than many commercial … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rosemarie Tillman, Instructor, Lane Community College, on 8/22/2016.

I love how thoroughly this textbook covers thesis statements. I think the Chapter Exercises and Key Takeaways are especially useful for this element … read more

 

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Reviewed by Paul Vinelli, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

As I was reading through the text, I considered whether it effectively complemented my lesson plans - and altogether, I feel it succeeded. The book … read more

 

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Reviewed by Suzanne Burdick, Community College Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

This text was very comprehensive.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Patria Lawton, Instructor, Inver Hills Community College, on 12/6/2016.

This text is a comprehensive guide to the many aspects of public speaking. So often to save money for the students, Instructors have relied on a … read more

 

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Reviewed by Gregory Epps, Associate Clinical Professor, West Virginia University, on 12/6/2016.

The book covered all of the areas associated with the subject matter. This was a major strength of the book. I did not see a glossary.… read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Why Public Speaking Matters Today
  • Chapter 2: Ethics Matters: Understanding the Ethics of Public Speaking
  • Chapter 3: Speaking Confidently
  • Chapter 4: The Importance of Listening
  • Chapter 5: Audience Analysis
  • Chapter 6: Finding a Purpose and Selecting a Topic
  • Chapter 7: Researching Your Speech
  • Chapter 8: Supporting Ideas and Building Arguments
  • Chapter 9: Introductions Matter: How to Begin a Speech Effectively
  • Chapter 10: Creating the Body of a Speech
  • Chapter 11: Concluding with Power
  • Chapter 12: Outlining
  • Chapter 13: The Importance of Language
  • Chapter 14: Delivering the Speech
  • Chapter 15: Presentation Aids: Design and Usage
  • Chapter 16: Informative Speaking
  • Chapter 17: Persuasive Speaking
  • Chapter 18: Speaking to Entertain
 

About the Book

In a world that is bombarded by information, the skills set of public speaking is more important today than ever. According to an address given by Tony Karrer at the TechKnowledge 2009, the New York Times has more information in one week than individuals in the 1800s would encounter in a lifetime. Currently, the amount of information available to people doubles every 18 months and is expected to double weekly by 2015. In a world filled with so much information, knowing how to effectively organize and present one’s ideas through oral communication is paramount.

From audience analysis to giving a presentation, Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking will guide students through the speech making process. The authors focus on the process of speech making because they have created this book to be a user-friendly guide to creating, researching, and presenting public speeches. While both classic and current academic research in public speaking guide this book, the authors believe that a new textbook in public speaking should first, and foremost, be a practical book that helps students prepare and deliver a variety of different types of speeches — and that is the primary goal of this book.

With practicality in mind, the authors developed, Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, as a streamlined public speaking textbook. Many public speaking textbooks today contain over twenty different chapters, which is often impossible to cover in a ten-week quarter or a sixteen-week semester; this textbook is eighteen unique chapters. The fifteen chapters are divided into four clear units of information: introduction to public speaking, speech preparation, speech creation, and speech presentation.

In addition to practicality, this text has a focus on the ethics of public speaking from both a source’s and a receiver’s point of view. In 2006 Pearson, Child, Mattern, and Kahl examined the state of ethics in public speaking textbooks. Specifically, the researchers used the NCA Credo on Ethical Communication to guide their study of ethics in public speaking textbooks. Ultimately, the researchers focused on eight specific categories of public speaking ethics content areas: freedom of speech, honesty, plagiarism, ethical listening, ethical research, hate words, diversity, and codes of ethics. As a whole, the top ten public speaking books varied in their degrees of exposure to the various ethical issues. The authors believe that using the NCA Credo on Ethical Communication as the basis for discussing ethics within this book in addition to the latest research in ethics and communication will help students see how ethics can be applied to the public speaking context. All three of the coauthors on this text have conducted research on the topic of communication ethics and written about how ethics is important in every facet of students’ communicative lives.

Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, is intended for the one-semester Public Speaking course. Check it out for yourself and see if its combination of practicality and ethics, and public speaking topics and skills that will suit the needs of your course and students.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Unnamed Author (EdD, West Virginia University) is an associate professor in the Communication and Media department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Unnamed Author
 specializes in workplace learning and performance, or the intersection of instructional communication and organizational communication. His varied research interests include communibiology, computer-mediated communication, empirical research methods, humor, risk/crisis communication, and supervisor-subordinate interactions. Unnamed Author regularly consults with individuals and organizations on workplace communication and as a professional speech coach for senior executives.

Unnamed Author has published five previous books: Intercultural Communication: Power in Context, Communication, Affect, and Learning in the Classroom (2000, Tapestry Press), Principles of Public Speaking (2003, The College Network), Human Communication in Everyday Life: Explanations and Applications (2008, Allyn & Bacon), Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach (2008, Oxford University Press), and The Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures (Summer 2010, National Communication Association). 

Unnamed Author (MS, Eastern Washington University) is a lecturer in the Communication and Media department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Unnamed Author specializes in the intersections of intercultural communication, storytelling, and public communication. From 1981 to 1992 Unnamed Author worked as a teacher for the Medicine Chief of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society in Spokane, Washington. Unnamed Author taught outdoor summer programs for adults, which included Native American philosophy; ceremonial etiquette in native societies; earth rituals; traditional women’s studies emphasizing Native Americans; the Sacred Pipe emphasizing Ojibwe and Paiute-Arapaho traditions; the sweat lodge ceremony and its symbolism emphasizing Ojibwe tradition; and the Vision Quest, a traditional rite of passage for contemporary people. From 1986 to 1989, Unnamed Author also worked as codirector of Bear Tribe Publishing Company.

In 1994 Unnamed Author received a mini-grant from Eastern Washington University Foundation for the development of a teaching package in visual presentation for public speaking. She has presented workshops on public speaking for a range of audiences. Unnamed Author has previously published the article “How Institutional Meanings Displace the Real Environment (Revisiting Rio)” in the International Journal of Communication.

Unnamed Author is Professor of Communication Studies at Ithaca College. She previously taught at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Texas Tech University. Unnamed Authorcompleted her undergraduate studies in history and speech communication at West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned an MA in educational psychology from West Virginia University and an MA and PhD in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Over her almost twenty-year teaching career, she has taught courses ranging from introductory Business & Professional Communication and Public Speaking to graduate courses in Quantitative Research Methods and Interpersonal Influence. She has written over thirty published articles and book chapters, including articles in Communication Education, Communication Research, Western Journal of Communication, and Communication Teacher. Unnamed Author has been recognized for her teaching with West Virginia Wesleyan’s (WVWC) Community Council Outstanding Faculty Award and WVWC’s Honors Faculty Member of the Year. In 2009, she was recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA). She is also a recipient of ECA’s Past President’s Award for early to mid-career scholarly achievement and service to the organization. Unnamed Author is a past executive director of ECA and is presently first vice president-elect of the organization.

Unnamed Author (PhD, University of Iowa, 1997) is department chair and professor of communication studies at California State University, Northridge, where he has taught since 1994. Unnamed Author teaches a variety of courses, including Rhetorical Theory; Classical Rhetoric; Postmodern Rhetoric; Freedom of Speech; Rhetoric of Peace and Conflict; Rhetoric of Crime and Punishment; Communication and Technology; Intercultural Communication; and Performance, Language, and Cultural Studies. His research is primarily in the areas of rhetorical studies, cultural studies, performance studies, and critical theory; he has written on media coverage of warfare, the politics of psychoanalysis, the history of sexuality, and electronic dance music culture. Unnamed Author is also a DJ and performance artist, and he brings his creative energy and interests into his scholarship and pedagogy.