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Practically Speaking

Tradition Meets Innovation.
Loads of Fresh, Practical Advice You Didn't Expect
Supported by Sound Scholarship You Can Trust
All For a Price You Won’t Believe

Practically Speaking, by Dan Rothwell, is a brief text for public speaking courses that provides clear, practical advice backed by sound scholarship, all at a reduced cost to students. Concise yet comprehensive, and written with a conversational and ‘edgy’ style, this highly-readable text encourages learning and engagement right from the start. Dan Rothwell, author of In the Company of Others, brings a fresh voice and light tone without sacrificing serious scholarship – both classic and contemporary references provide the text’s strong foundation. Practically Speaking is an essential guide for students as they learn how to add their own voices to the conversation.

"The length is perfect. The chapters are easy to read and are full of relevant examples that are sure to capture students' attention. The author covers all of the usual topics dealing with public speaking, but does so in a unique and interesting dialogue with the reader."

  • —Valerie Manno Giroux, University of Miami

“Rothwell’s new text includes the most comprehensive, vitally important content on speech anxiety I have ever seen in a public speaking text. This book digs deeper than other texts into what students need to grasp while also providing techniques that they can readily apply.”

  • —Marilyn Simpkins Brimo, Mt. Hood Community College

"I love this book. I love the tone, content, and writing style and find it appropriate and engaging for college students. Overall great scholarship—way more than most other texts! Practically Speaking takes public-speaking texts to a new and exciting place. It is unlike any other public-speaking book I've encountered and I enjoyed and appreciated the breath of fresh air."

  • —Brandi Quesenberry, Virginia Tech

"The sense of humor is brilliant, edgy, topical, and smart. I found myself literally LOL-ing numerous times."