A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking / Edition 1

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A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking embodies an innovative, classroom-proven technique for teaching public speaking that sets it apart from other texts and handbooks. The listener-centered approach— using a framework known as listenability—relies on two major principles: conversation and considerateness. Considerate speakers prepare and deliver their presentation from a listener-centered mindset and the heavy reliance on the conversational approach allows them to use their own voices as they do so. Using a student-friendly tone, lively examples, and practical advice, the handbook helps students develop successful speeches from the first week of class.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073534190
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz O’Brien serves as chair of the Communication/American Sign Language/Theater & Film Department at Phoenix College, one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. She earned a B.A. in communication from the University of Arizona in 1985 and an M.A in communication from the University of Maryland in 1989. She accepted her position on the communication faculty at Phoenix College in 1990 and continues to thrive on the interaction with her diverse, urban student population. She received her campus’ Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, and has been honored with several NISOD awards for teaching excellence. Her creative outlets include producing and directing the Storybook Stagecoach, a Phoenix College performing troupe that brings storybooks to life on the stage for young audiences. Additionally, she is a professional watercolor artist. Liz lives in a historic home in Phoenix with her husband, two cats, a garden full of plants and a pond full of fish.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Speaking In Public

Chapter 2. Giving Your First Speech – The Public Speaking Process

Chapter 3. Creating Confident Presentations

Chapter 4. Applying Ethics

Chapter 5. Listening to the Speeches of Others

Chapter 6. Knowing and Evaluating Yourself as a Public Speaker


Chapter 7. Approaching Public Speaking as a Listener-Centered Practice

Chapter 8. Analyzing Your Audience

Chapter 9. Determining Your Speech Purpose, Topic and Thesis

Chapter 10. Incorporating Your Research

Chapter 11. Supporting Your Ideas


Chapter 12. Organizing Your Ideas

Chapter 13. Outlining Your Ideas

Chapter 14. Creating the Introduction

Chapter 15. Creating the Conclusion

Chapter 16. Using Transitions


Chapter 17. Choosing a Method of Delivery

Chapter 18. Creating Speaking Notes

Chapter 19. Practicing Your Presentation

Chapter 20. Communicating with Language

Chapter 21. Communicating with Your Voice

Chapter 22. Communicating with Your Body

Chapter 23. Using Narrative

Chapter 24. Selecting and Incorporating Visual Support

Chapter 25. Maintaining Listener Engagement

Chapter 26. Establishing Your Credibility as a Speaker


Chapter 27. Speaking to Inform

Chapter 28. Speaking to Persuade

Chapter 29. Developing Your Arguments

Chapter 30. Speaking on Special Occasions


Speaking in Groups

Guide to Documentation Styles

Speaker Evaluation Form

Speaker Self-Evaluation Form

Sample Speech Topics
Chapter Notes
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