Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 November 2016

384 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780190457327

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Practically Speaking

Second Edition

J. Dan Rothwell

  • The use of unique and humorous examples, stories, quotations, photos, and cartoons; intense, dramatic, and poignant illustrations; vivid language and metaphors; and startling statistics and historical facts capture and maintain student attention
  • Numerous pop-culture references and newsworthy events show students the applicability of competent public speaking
  • Almost 700 references, both classic and contemporary
  • A separate Chapter (2) on speech anxiety appears early in the text to address an immediate concern of students
  • A unique Chapter (12), "Skepticism: Becoming Critical Thinking Speakers and Listeners," explains the theoretical underpinnings of critical thinking for public speakers
  • A full chapter on gaining and maintaining audience attention emphasizes that speakers must do far more than merely gain the immediate attention of their audiences
  • Two full chapters on persuasive speaking provide theoretical explanations for general and specific persuasive strategies

New to this Edition:

  • Checklists ensure students put the chapter's practical advice to immediate use
  • Suggested videos at the end of each chapter provide students with the opportunity to view and analyze a wide variety of speeches
  • Updated references and examples including Black Lives Matter, Stephen Colbert, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sandra Fluke, Donald Trump, and many more
  • Model informative and persuasive speeches (Appendices A and B) have been thoroughly updated

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