Painless Speaking

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Speaking in today's world involves more than prepared talks from behind a podium, and this up-to-date book provides guidance for a wide range of contemporary situations, including conversation, reading aloud to an audience, Skyping, and even giving a traditional formally prepared speech. Exercises throughout the text aid in composing, practicing, and delivering speeches. All titles in Barron's Painless Series are being updated in new, improved editions, and they all feature access to brand-new subject-related ...

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Overview

Speaking in today's world involves more than prepared talks from behind a podium, and this up-to-date book provides guidance for a wide range of contemporary situations, including conversation, reading aloud to an audience, Skyping, and even giving a traditional formally prepared speech. Exercises throughout the text aid in composing, practicing, and delivering speeches. All titles in Barron's Painless Series are being updated in new, improved editions, and they all feature access to brand-new subject-related arcade game apps that will appeal to students. Books in the Painless Series cover most classroom subjects, and include a variety of fun features for students who find the subjects difficult and confusing—or in some cases, just plain boring. Books—

  • Are written for middle school and high school students
  • Feature cartoon-style illustrations and humorous approaches to subject matter
  • Emphasize attention-catching ways students can put subjects to practical use
  • Challenge students with puzzles, games, and "Brain Tickler" problems to solve— and now with access to a fun app learning game
    NOTE: The new apps features that are available with these revised titles can be downloaded on any iPhone, iTouch, iPad, or Android device. They add an extra element of fun to the teaching of each subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438000039
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Painless Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 763,931
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Finding Your Voice 1

Elements of the Voice 3

Beyond Language 11

English for All Occasions I: Language and Dialect 16

English for All Occasions II: Culture and Etiquette 19

Modes of Communication 26

Internal Feeling and External Communication 29

Communicating Negative Content 34

Chapter 2 "Confer, Converse, and Otherwise Hobnob": Informal Talk with Others 45

How Does Communication Happen? 47

The Art of Conversation 61

Chapter 3 "Once Upon a Time": Making Print Come Alive 89

Starting Out with Texts 91

Speech Genres and Their Five Areas of Influence 94

How Texts Make Meaning 106

Bending the Rules of Meaning Making 119

Making Decisions About Stresses and Pauses 124

Preparing to Speak from Text 131

Chapter 4 Composing a Speech 161

Speech Genre Selection 164

Subject Development 171

Research and Sources 180

Composing Your Speech 184

Refining Your Speech 192

Chapter 5 Practicing and Performing "Think All You Speak" 205

Practicing Prepared Material 207

Delivering Prepared Material 221

Winging It 226

Evaluating Speech 234

Appendices 237

Appendix A Graphic Organizers 239

Appendix B Selected Speeches 252

Appendix C Marked Text 261

Index 276

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