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The Essential Elements of Public Speaking / Edition 1

The Essential Elements of Public Speaking / Edition 1

by Joseph A. DeVito
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ISBN-13: 9780205338009
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Joseph A. DeVito received a BA from Hunter College in 1960 (with a major in speech and a minor in Spanish), an MA from Temple University in 1962 (with a major in speech along with some sociology), and a PhD from the University of Illinois in 1964 (with a major in speech and a minor in linguistics). After receiving his PhD, DeVito returned to his alma mater, Hunter College-in-the-Bronx [which later became Lehman College], to teach. Later, he moved to Queens College and then to Hunter (from which he retired from full-time teaching)–all within the City University of New York. During his teaching career, DeVito taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, with a concentration on the undergraduate level and mainly on the introductory courses.

At various times, DeVito has served on the editorial boards of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Communication, and Etc: A Review of General Semantics. He has also served as consulting editor to publishers: Random House, Harper & Row, Waveland Press, and HarperCollins. He also served as ETS coordinator of the committee to construct the DANTES Public Speaking Test for the Educational Testing Service. A prolific author, DeVito has written or edited more than 20 books in the field of communication, including The Interpersonal Communication Book, Human Communication: The Basic Course, and Essentials of Human Communication, all published by Pearson.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Summary," "Vocabulary Quiz," and "Public Speaking Exercises." The last exercise in each chapter presents a complete speech to analyze.

Specialized Contents.

Welcome to Public Speaking.

1. Introducing Public Speaking.
Studying Public Speaking.
Managing Your Apprehension.
Preparing and Presenting a Public Speech: In Brief.

2. Listening and Criticism.
Listening to Speeches.
Criticizing Speeches.

3. Selecting Your Topic, Purpose, and Thesis.
Your Topic.
Your Purpose.
Your Thesis.

4. Using Supporting Materials and Visual Aids.
Presentation Aids.

5. Analyzing and Adapting to Your Audience.
Approaching Audience Analysis and Adaptation.
Analyzing Audience Sociology.
Analyzing Audience Psychology.
Analysis and Adaptation During the Speech.

6. Organizing Your Speech.
The Body of the Speech.
Introductions, Conclusions, and Transitions.
Outlining the Speech.

7. Wording Your Speech.
How Language Works.
Choosing Words.

8. Delivering Your Speech.
Methods of Delivery
Effective Vocal Delivery.
Effective Bodily Action.
Rehearsal: Practicing and Improving Delivery.

9. Informing Your Audience.
Guidelines for Informative Speaking.
The Speech of Description.
The Speech of Definition.
The Speech of Demonstration.

10. Persuading Your Audience.
Guidelines for Persuasive Speaking.
Persuasive Speeches on Questions of Fact, Value, and Policy.
Persuasive Speeches to Strengthen or Change Attitudes, Beliefs, and Values.
Persuasive Speeches to Stimulate Action.

11. Developing Special Occasion Speeches.
Special OccasionSpeeches.
The Special Occasion Speech in Cultural Perspective.

12. Speaking in Small Groups.
Small Groups.
Problem Solving in Groups.
Members and Leaders in Small Groups.
Presenting the Group's Thinking.



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