This concise, economical new text stresses the importance of public speaking in contemporary life. Through numerous practical and student-centered examples, the book and media program help students become confident and engaged communicators--at school, in the workplace and in the community. By framing most of the examples within seven vital themes of our time, Public Speaking prompts students to connect their basic public speaking class directly to issues related to health, education, diversity, the environment, ethics, technology, and democracy.
Paul Nelson is the dean of the College of Communication at Ohio University and has co-authored seven editions of Confidence in Public Speaking and eight editions of An Introduction to Human Communication.
Judy Pearson is the director of Northern Virginia Graduate Center in Falls Church, Virginia, and she is an associate dean of the Graduate School and a professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has co-authored the two books mentioned previously, has authored or co-authored six other textbooks, and has authored two trade books.The authors have been writing basic course texts for twenty years, because the beginning courses are their first love. Both began their careers as basic course directors in large programs at the University of Missouri, Iowa State, and Bradley. They even met at a basic course conference, married, and have been producing children and books ever since.