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Public Speaking and Civic Engagement promotes public speaking as a vehicle for civic engagement by showing the reader how to address issues, think critically, engage in productive dialogue, formulate sound arguments, and develop an ethic of advocacy. The civic engagement theme is unique in that it envisions public speaking as a vehicle for promoting the common good, while also emphasizing its role in personal advancement and fulfillment. By using specific examples–of students, of citizens engaged in community affairs, of historic and contemporary public figures–the book teaches the reader how to address substantive issues that impact their communities at local, state, national, and international levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205799039
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:


Public Speaking in a Democratic Society

Chapter 1 Public Speaking and Democratic Citizenship

Public Speaking and Civic Engagement

The Rhetorical Tradition

Communication Challenges of the Twenty-first Century

The Responsible Citizen-Speaker

Chapter 2 The Ethical Public Speaker

The Engaged Citizen

Getting Involved in Politics

The Ethics of Public Speaking

Deliberation and Demagoguery in the Media Age

Chapter 3 Preparing to Speak with Commitment and Confidence

Public Speaking as Civic Engagement

Preparing Yourself to Speak

Speaking with Confidence

Chapter 4 The Listener as Engaged Citizen

The Importance of Effective Listening

Understanding Barriers to Good Listening

Guidelines for Improving Listening

Chapter 5 Diverse Audiences in a Democratic Society

Understanding Diverse Audiences

Identifying Individual Listener Needs and Values

Identifying Communal Needs and Values

Gathering Information for Audience Adaptation

Ongoing Strategies for Audience Adaptation


Developing Your Speech

Chapter 6 Developing Significant Topics

Finding a Suitable Topic

Narrowing the Topic

Ethical Obligations in Selecting a Topic

General Purposes

Crafting a Specific Purpose

Testing Specific Purposes

Constructing a Thesis Statement

Chapter 7 Responsible and Productive Research

A Productive Start

The Creative Enterprise of Building a Speech

Investigating Like a Professional: Utilizing Library Resources

Searching the World Wide Web

Gathering Information through Interviews

Gathering Information through E-mail

Citing Sources of Quoted and Paraphrased Material

Chapter 8 Supporting Your Ideas with Evidence

Supporting Ideas with Evidence

Testing Evidence

Chapter 9 Organizing Your Speech

The Importance of Good Organization

Determining When an Idea Is a Good One

How Patterns of Organization Connect Ideas

Guidelines for Organizing Your Speech

Using Transitions as Connectives

Introducing Your Speech

Concluding Your Speech

Chapter 10 Outlining Your Speech

Types of Outlines

Basic Principles of Outlining

Presenting Your Speech

Chapter 11 Using Language Effectively

Language and Meaning

Using Language That Is Clear and Accurate

Using Language That Is Interesting

Using Language that Is Appropriate to the Situation

Responding Critically to a Speaker’s Style

Chapter 12 Delivering Your Speech Effectively

Sounding Good versus Being Sound

Principles of Good Delivery

Speaking Extemporaneously

Alternative Styles of Delivery

Responding to Audience Questions

Chapter 13 Supporting Your Ideas Visually

Functions of Presentational Aids

Encouraging Emotional Involvement

Options for Presentational Aids

Guidelines for Preparing Presentational Aids

Guidelines for Using Presentational Aids


Types of Public Speaking

Chapter 14 Speaking to Inform

Functions of Informative Speeches

Types of Informative Speeches

Organizing the Informative Speech

How Audiences Learn from Informative Speeches

Chapter 15 Persuasive Speaking in a Democratic Society

The Anatomy of Public Controversy

Questions of Fact, Value, and Policy

Ethical Proof in Persuasive Speaking

Appealing to Audience Emotions

Chapter 16 Arguing Persuasively

Persuasion and Demagoguery in a Free Society

Constructing a Reasonable Argument

The Forms of Reasoning

Fallacies of Reasoning and Evidence

Chapter 17 Speaking on Special Occasions

Ceremonial Speaking in a Free Society

Social Values in Ceremonial Speaking

The Forms of Ceremonial Speech

Style and Delivery in Ceremonial Speaking

Chapter 18 Speaking and Deliberating in Groups

Understanding Public Deliberation

Group Structures That Encourage Dialogue and Deliberation

Factors That Influence Effective Group Deliberation

Group Presentations

Guidelines for Deliberating in Groups

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