Exploring Public Speaking: 3rd Edition

Exploring Public Speaking 3rd Edition

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About the Book

Exploring Public Speaking: 3rd Edition – This Third Edition, along with including necessary updates and being formatted with different software, includes four more appendices: one on online speaking, one on APA, one on humor and storytelling in public speaking, and one on Dalton State’s Library. I have also tried to clarify concepts, to provide “case studies” to show the rhetorical process, and include more outlines and examples.

In fifteen chapters the authors have attempted to address all the major concerns, issues, and material that an introductory, freshmen-level public speaking course involves. Beginning with the value of public speaking to one’s life and overcoming public speaking anxiety, the subsequent chapters cover listening and audience analysis; plagiarism and ethics; invention and thesis development; research; organization; introductions, conclusions, and transitions; supporting material; delivery; visual aids; language choices; informative speaking; persuasive speaking; logic and fallacies; and special occasion speeches. The book was written with students in the open access college and with diversity in mind.

All the topics that would be found in a traditional textbook are there, at no cost. The appendices include a glossary (key terms are also defined in the text and highlighted in boxes in the margins), a chapter on speaking to diverse audiences, sample outlines, and references. Color photographs, diagrams, and charts are included. The book is being used for the first time with the full cohort of freshmen student, and ongoing revisions are planned as needed.

About the Contributors


Dr. Kris Barton (Ph.D., Mass Communication, Florida State University) was Chair of the Department of Communication and Associate Professor of Communication at Dalton State College from 2008 to his sudden passing in May 2016. He was a well published and respected scholar in pop culture and mass media as well as the author of trivia books. His legacy at Dalton State included the initiation of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, the development of an undergraduate research program and introduction of many students to scholarly conferences, and making an indelible mark on the hundreds of students he taught.


Dr. Barbara G. Tucker (Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, University of Georgia) is current Chair of the Department of Communication and Professor of Communication at Dalton State College. She holds master’s degrees in public address and writing from Ohio University and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, respectively. Her 38-year teaching career, especially of the basic public speaking course, informs this textbook. She has served as president of the Georgia Communication Association and Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs as DSC.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – The Basics of Public Speaking
  • Chapter 2 – Audience Analysis and Listening
  • Chapter 3 – Ethics in Public Speaking
  • Chapter 4 – Selecting Your Approach and Main Points
  • Chapter 5 – Researching Your Speech Topic
  • Chapter 6 – Organizing and Outlining Your Speech
  • Chapter 7 – Incorporating Evidence into Your Speech
  • Chapter 8– Introductions and Conclusions and Transitions
  • Chapter 9 – Presentation Aids in Speaking
  • Chapter 10 – Language
  • Chapter 11 – Delivery
  • Chapter 12 – Informative Speaking
  • Chapter 13 – Persuasive Speaking
  • Chapter 14 – Logical Reasoning
  • Chapter 15 – Special Occasion Speaking

Appendix A: Cultural Diversity and Public Speaking
Appendix B: Becoming a College Student
Appendix C: Glossary
Appendix D: References


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