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The Natural Speaker is a concise, practical, inexpensive, student-friendly guide to public speaking that explores the basic skills necessary to present a natural, effective, and rewarding speech to any audience.By providing a basic knowledge of speech construction, practice, and delivery, this book is designed to enhance and improve students' natural speaking strengths. Featuring a warm, simple, and humorous writing style, The Natural Speaker presents the fundamental concepts and skills required for effective speaking.

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Helps speakers enhance and improve their natural speaking strengths, and provides a basic knowledge of speech construction, practice, and delivery. Early chapters explore principles and skills of communication, and address selecting a topic, gathering material, and organizing any speech topic. Later chapters highlight physical components of speaker delivery, principles of sharing information with an audience, and career development. Material is presented in a thoughtful, interesting, and sometimes humorous manner. Fujishin is associated with West Valley College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205753680
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Series: MySpeechKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Fujishin is a Communication Studies instructor at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA. In addition to being a classroom teacher for more than 35 years, Randy is the author of seven books in the field of communication, a conference speaker, and a marriage and family therapist.

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Table of Contents


1 Communicating with Others: Your Most Important Skill

What Is Communication?

The Components of Communication

The Principles of Communication

Attitude Is More Important than Aptitude

Communication Skills for Your Life

Communication Activities

2 Giving Yourself Permission: Welcoming a New You

The Only Way We Grow

Giving Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes

A Permission List for Speakers

Giving Yourself Permission to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking

Why Are You So Nervous?

Public Speaking Is Different from Conversation

Some Encouraging Words about Stage Fright

Will I Ever Get Rid of These Butterflies?

Adventure and Growth, Not Safety

Communication Activities

3 The Basics Of Public Speaking: Your Speech Is Your Life

Your First Speech

Public Speaking

Three Principles for Public Speaking

Four Speaking Methods

Your Message

Your Speech Organization

Your Delivery

Being an Ethical Speaker

Helpful Hints for Your First Speech

Impromptu Speaking

Communication Activities

4 Organizing Your Speech: Keeping It Simple

Keep It Simple

Speech Organization

The Body

The Introduction

The Conclusion

Constructing Your Speech Outline

Speaking Notes

Sample Tribute Speech Outline

Sample Key Word Outline

Communication Activities

5 Selecting Your Topic: Choosing Your Path

It’s Your Choice

Brainstorming Possible Topics

Determining Your Speaking Purpose

Determining Your Specific Purpose

Selecting Your Main Points

Analyzing Your Audience

Gathering Information about Your Audience

Speech Preparation Questionnaire

Communication Activities

6 Gathering Your Material: What You Sow Is What You Reap

What to Look For

Where to Look for Speech Information

How to Record Your Speech Information

The Evidence Three-Step

Communication Activities

7 Listening To Others: Being A Blessing To The Speaker

The Listening Process

Barriers To Listening

Bridges To Listening

The Benefits Of Listening

Communication Activities

8 Delivering Your Speech: Being Yourself

Characteristics of Good Delivery

Elements of Good Delivery

Speech Practice

Your Delivery between Speeches

Take the Opportunity to View Your Speech

Communication Activities

9 Informing Your Audience: Teaching Others

Goals of Informative Speaking

Designs for Informative Speaking

Language Use for Informative Speaking

Types of Informative Speeches

Answering Questions from the Audience

Communication Activities

10 Persuading Your Audience: Changing Others

Basics of Persuasion

Aristotle’s Three Persuasive Proofs

Types of Persuasive Speeches

Communication Activities


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