An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue

An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue

by Quentin J. Schultze

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Whether at a business meeting, church gathering, or social function, most of us will be called upon at some time to speak publicly. As Christians, we are called to speak not only with effectiveness but also in a way that honors God and embodies Christian virtue. In An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, communications expert Quentin J. Schultze encourages readers to become servant speakers who faithfully serve their audiences as neighbors.

Besides providing a biblical perspective on public speaking, this accessible book also covers such practical topics as overcoming common challenges, the importance of listening, and the art of preparing and delivering well-crafted speeches. Filled with helpful sidebars, checklists, and tips, this is a book for any person who wishes to improve his or her public speaking skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441205094
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 150,993
File size: 345 KB

About the Author

Quentin J. Schultze (Ph.D., University of Illinois) holds the Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair in Faith and Communication and is the director of the Calvin Workshops in Communication at Calvin College. He is the author of many books, including Habits of the High-Tech Heart, Communicating for Life, and Here I Am.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Martin J. Medhurst
1. Listen for God's Call to Servant Speaking
2. Plan Neighbor-Serving Speeches
3. Conquer Speaking Fears
4. Compose an Outline
5. Speak Extemporaneously
6. Anticipate Challenges and Opportunities
7. Think Biblically
8. Research the Topic and Audience
9. Find and Evaluate Online Sources
10. Be Trustworthy (Ethos—I)
11. Be Virtuous (Ethos—II)
12. Convey Ideas Passionately
13. Speak to Inform Dramatically
14. Tell Stories (Mythos)
15. Speak to Persuade Logically (Logos)
16. Speak to Persuade Emotionally (Pathos)
17. Share Special Moments
18. Advocate for All Neighbors by Amy King
19. Present in Groups by Heidi Petak
20. Stage with Technology
21. Speak through Video by Kathleen Sindorf
Afterword by Clifford G. Christians
Appendix A: Brief Checklist for Preparing a Speech
Appendix B: Plan Speeches with the Holy Spirit
Appendix C: Form for Evaluating Speeches
Appendix D: Speak from a Manuscript: Lessons from an Executive Speechwriter by Karl Payton

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