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    It’s About Them: Public Speaking in the 21st Century

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    Sara Kim, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

    Douglas Marshall, New Orleans, LS

    June Pulliam, Baton Rouge, LS

    Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Joseph McDonald, Adjunct Professor, Organizational Sciences and Communication, The George Washington University on 6/28/24

    This is a great resource for an introductory course in Public Communication. It covers every essential aspect of public speaking to help students understand why it is important to know the different types of speeches and the power each style can... read more

    Reviewed by Evan Fiedler, Adjunct Faculty, Tidewater Community College on 4/13/23

    The chapters cover appropriate subjects for this very complex skill. It is very clever organization; first and foremost identifying your audience and the importance of listening are addressed. Each chapter includes a list of key terms and there is... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • What is an Open Textbook?
    • Chapter 1: Why Public Speaking Matters Today
    • Chapter 2: Building Confidence
    • Chapter 3: Audience Analysis
    • Chapter 4: The Importance of Listening
    • Chapter 5: Ethics
    • Chapter 6: Researching Your Speech
    • Chapter 7: Supporting Ideas and Building Arguments
    • Chapter 8: Organizing and Outlining
    • Chapter 9: Delivery
    • Chapter 10: Introductions and Conclusions
    • Chapter 11: Language
    • Chapter 12: Presentation Aids
    • Chapter 13 Informative Speaking
    • Chapter 14: Persuasive Speaking
    • Chapter 15: Special Occasion Speaking
    • Chapter 16: Online Public Speaking
    • About the Contributors
    • Adaptations
    • Glossary
    • Appendix A: Checklist for Accessibility

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    About the Book

    In addition to original material this book is an adaptation of Introduction to Speech Communication  authored by Sarah E. Hollingsworth, Kathryn Weinland, Sasha Hanrahan, and Mary Walker with a CC BY-NC-SA license. Introduction to Speech Communication includes original work as well as adapted and remixed material from Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition licensed CC BY-NC-SA, Stand Up, Speak Out licensed CC BY-NC-SA, and Fundamentals of Public Speaking licensed CC BY.

    It’s About Them: Public Speaking in the 21st Century also adapted a chapter from Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy authored by Meggie Mapes that is licensed CC BY-NC-SA.

    The information on “What is an Open Textbook?” is adapted from Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology by Christina Hendricks with a CC-BY license. See the Adaptations section for specific changes.

    This textbook was created as part of the Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment project, facilitated by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and funded by a $2 million Open Textbooks Pilot Program grant from the Department of Education. This project supports the extension of access to high-quality post-secondary opportunities to high school students across Louisiana and beyond. This project features a collaboration between educational systems in Louisiana, the library community, Pressbooks technology partner, and workforce representatives. It will enable and enhance the delivery of open educational resources (OER) and interactive quiz and assessment elements for priority dual enrollment courses in Louisiana and nationally. Developed OER course materials will be released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.

    The target audience for this project and this textbook are dual enrollment students. Dual enrollment is the opportunity for a student to be enrolled in high school and college at the same time. A dual enrollment student receives credit on both their high school and college transcripts for the same course


    About the Contributors


    Sara Kim (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Her research is in intercultural communication and online intergroup contact, and she is interested in examining communication strategies that can improve intergroup relationships, facilitate intercultural adjustment, and help individuals cope with life transitions. She teaches diverse communication classes such as intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, research methods, communication theory, and public speaking.

    Douglas Marshall (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department of Arts & Humanities at Southern University at New Orleans. After completing his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Douglas and his wife Kiley moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2013. Since that time he has volunteered for WWOZ, The Bywater Neighborhood Association, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Doug has been granted two separate fellowships that support his research of New Orleans death rituals through the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive. He is also a member of the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi and sits on the organization’s board of directors. Douglas has research interests rooted in how we communicate about death and how music and performance plays a part in death ritual.

    June Pulliam (PhD) is a Distinguished Instructor of English, Screen Arts, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she teaches technical and legal writing, as well as courses about horror film and fiction and Young Adult fiction. She is the author of several books on the horror genre and punk rock and is an expert in the field of zombie studies.

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