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Public Speaking, 8/e

Michael Osborn, University of Memphis

Suzanne Osborn, University of Memphis

Randall Osborn, University of Memphis

Centered around three core objectives — helping you develop vital communication skills, encouraging you to adapt as you speak to diverse audiences, and increasing your sensitivity to the ethical impact of words — Public Speaking offers you both practical advice for speaking in public and an understanding of why such advice works. The Eighth Edition concentrates on greater simplicity, clarity, and accessibility, offering you a functional approach to informative speaking and emphasizing the ethics of persuasive speaking. These ideas come to life through examples from real student and professional speeches, exercises at the end of each chapter, and a variety of boxed features throughout the text.

New and Enduring Features of the Eighth Edition:

  • Explores the speech development process from start to finishusing the Stairway to Speech Success Model to help you get started on preparing your first presentation.
  • Addresses "Communication Anxiety" when you need it most — as you are preparing to give your first presentation.
  • Allows you to practice skills in small group settings or on your own with the Exploration and Application Exercises found at the end of each chapter.

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Public Speaking 8e is available with MySpeechLab, a dynamic, interactive online resource that gives you everything you need to succeed in your Public Speaking course — all in one easy-to-use Web site. Log on to and find a wealth of videos, practice exams & tests, interactive activities, and much more!

Praise for Public Speaking:

“This text is great; it can be used for first year speech courses and advanced as well. The figure charts, “Ethics Alert” boxes, Speaker’s Notes… all simply outperform other texts.” - Dave Berg, Weber State University

“This book is unique because of its writing style. I have been pleasantly surprised to find out how much I enjoy reading the chapters and even find myself more inspired to teach and practice public speaking better. I feel that the authors write out of a sense of conviction about this craft and incorporate authentic and relevant examples to illustrate the concepts principles and ethics.” - Dorothy Collins, Texas A&M University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205584567
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Series: MySpeechLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Foundations of Public Speaking

1. Public Speaking and You

2. Managing Your Fear of Speaking

3. Your First Speech

4. Becoming a Better Listener

II. Preparation for Public Speaking

5. Adapting to Your Audience and Situation

6. Finding Your Topic

7. Researching Your Topic

8. Supporting Your Ideas

9. Structuring Your Speech

10. Outlining Your Speech

III. Developing Presentation Skills

11. Presentation Aids

12. Using Language Effectively

13. Presenting Your Speech

IV. Types of Public Speaking

14. Informative Speaking

15. Building Powerful Arguments

16. Persuasive Speaking

17. Ceremonial Speaking


A. Communicating In Small Groups

B. Speeches For Analysis

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