"The Challenge of effective Speaking is a very user friendly book that highlights the most important areas for an introductory public speaking course. The examples are relevant and the feedback from my students over the years has been very positive."
"The outlining of the chapters is superb. It is easy to take notes from the chapter and see what the main points and sub points are. The Reflect on Ethics examples are real life scenarios that students (and instructors) can relate to. They are relevant, timely and can be a great impetus for classroom discussion. I feel this is an excellent introductory book for the public speaking student. The sample speeches are excellent multimedia tools for the students use as role models."
"I like the Verderber approach of combining speaker apprehension with good speech preparation. There is a good deal of merit to the suggestion that students can reduce apprehension by proper planning… Overall, I like the way the text illustrates the constituent parts of a properly organized and outlined speech."
"The text is both student-friendly and teacher-useful. It is well-written and provides sensible, up-to-date information in a pleasing manner. The support available is excellent in terms of multimedia, web, and CD."
"The Challenge of Effective Speaking is a good basic public speaking textbook that is clearly written, is easy for student to read and understand, is attractively laid out, and covers the important material as well as or better than any other speech textbook I have examined."