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Exploring Public Speaking: 3rd Edition

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Kris Barton, Florida State University

Barbara G. Tucker, University of Georgia

Pub Date: 2016

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by James Jarc, Assistant Professor, Central Ohio Technical College on 8/16/19

This text is quite thorough and covers all of the most important aspects of the public speaking curriculum. Instructors should find this resource valuable for introductory course and as a supplement for more advanced courses as well. The text will... read more


Reviewed by Jessica Papajcik, Associate Professor, Stark State College on 8/7/19

Exploring Public Speaking is comprehensive text book. Its strength is in the broad categories that every useful speech textbook should have. With fifteen chapters, chapter objectives, appendices, and a useful table of contents, a glossary and... read more


Reviewed by Ashley Marietta-Brown, Lecturer, The Ohio State University- Newark on 3/31/19

The book is comprehensive and is comparable to other textbooks I have used in the past. It covers all the topics you would expect an introductory public speaking textbook to cover although a complete discussion of preparation outlines is lacking.... read more


Reviewed by Carrie Tomko, Senior Lecturer, OhioLink on 3/1/19

No worries about the completeness of the collection of information in Exploring Public Speaking (EPS). read more


Reviewed by Beverly Knudsen, Instructor, MA MS, Ridgewater College, Wilmar, MN on 6/19/18

This text covers all public speaking topics in-depth and I was particularly pleased to see an emphasis on audience analysis so early in the book. My only complaint (and it’s a small one) is that it might be too comprehensive (and thus... read more


Reviewed by Bonnie Andrys, Instructor, Northland Community & Technical College -- East Grand Forks on 6/19/18

This text will serve my students and me well All appropriate concepts and principles are covered. The text also has a functional index and glossary. Linking the glossary to pages or text would be helpful for students. read more


Reviewed by Susan Millsap, Professor, Otterbein University on 5/21/18

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 they work for anyone interested in becoming a better public speaker. The text includes sources and... read more


Reviewed by Nichelle McNabb, Professor, Otterbein University on 5/21/18

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, some specific subjects I would add or subtract if I decided to use the book. I would delete the... read more


Reviewed by Muhammad Khan, Communication Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College on 5/21/18

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


Reviewed by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Instruction and Public Speaking Course Director, Temple University on 5/21/18

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


Reviewed by Alane Presswood, VAP/Director of Oral Communication, Hollins University on 3/27/18

This text provides a solid introduction to all the fundamentals of oral communication, and actually does a better job than many similar text at balancing theoretical and practical information. For example, Chapter 9 (visual aids) goes beyond the... read more


Reviewed by Amy Sauertieg, Lecturer, Penn State University Harrisburg on 2/1/18

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


Reviewed by Shay Jones, Lecturer, Penn State Harrisburg on 2/1/18

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 Floyd. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the text is indeed comprehensive, addressing all... read more


Reviewed by Sandy Hanson, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte on 2/1/18

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 simplistic concepts like the eight demographic characteristics covered but then doesn't spend enough time... read more


Reviewed by Staci Kuntzman, Senior Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte on 2/1/18

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 language offers perhaps the greatest coverage I’ve seen in a public speaking textbook. read more


Reviewed by Marina Whitchurch, Adjunct Instructor, Rogue Community College on 8/15/17

super detailed. I love the use of applicable research to describe such as the of Griffin’s communication process to three games. ethics...highly comprehensive section. I really enjoyed that read for my own! entire text is highly detailed...much... read more


Reviewed by Matthew LoJacono, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University on 6/20/17

This book covers every aspect of public speaking, from the Ancient Greek origins of public speaking theory, to the modern day technologies often used to present in group environments. Additionally, the focus is not only on how to be an effective... read more


Reviewed by Janine Pate, Adjunct Professor, Portland Community College on 6/20/17

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 structure my curriculum. It is easy to follow along with, with a clear table of contents and index. I... read more


Reviewed by Franklin Williams, Adjunct Instructor, Tidewater Community College on 6/20/17

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


Reviewed by Taylor Simpson, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University on 6/20/17

The text covers all necessary areas on public speaking education appropriately, but I would have organized the material in a more logical way. The table of contents, index, and glossary are all adequate and up to standards. read more


Reviewed by Amy Rawson, Professor, Century College on 6/20/17

There are fifteen chapters in this open textbook covering most of the areas of a typical introductory public speaking text appropriately. There are sufficient pictures to go with the chapters and the overall length of the text is good. However, I... read more


Reviewed by Amanda Grier, Public Speaking Instructor, North Carolina State University on 4/11/17

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 would be helpful for an introductory course in public speaking or as a second resource for students. read more


Reviewed by David Edwards, Instructor, South Central College, Faribault campus on 2/8/17

A very good textbook for an introduction to public speaking course. Contains fifteen chapters of reasonable length and has all of the topics one would expect for this course. Book has minimal pictures and graphics, so it is not "flashy" by any... 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 Third Edition, along with including necessary updates and being formatted with different software, includes four more appendices: one on online speaking, one on APA, one on humor and storytelling in public speaking, and one on Dalton State’s Library. I have also tried to clarify concepts, to provide “case studies” to show the rhetorical process, and include more outlines and examples.

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


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.