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Confidence in Public Speaking

Eighth Edition

Paul E. Nelson and Judy C. Pearson

Publication Date - October 2004

ISBN: 9780195330434

448 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $76.95

Balancing theory and research with plentiful real-world examples, this book is a clear and straightforward guide to preparing, organizing, and delivering effective public speeches.


Balancing theory and research with plentiful real-world examples, Confidence in Public Speaking, Eighth Edition, offers a clear, straightforward guide to preparing, organizing, and delivering effective public speeches and also shows students how to reduce anxiety and analyze an audience. The book accompanies GPN Media's Speaking With Confidence series, available on videocassettes or as a telecourse.


* Employs an incremental "building-blocks" approach to developing communication skills
* Integrates new examples from recent student speeches
* Covers the ethics of communication in nearly every chapter
* Includes speeches by a wide diversity of speakers, including African Americans, Native Americans, old and young men and women, the visually challenged, and others
* Each chapter offers brief, boxed "Reality Checks" that are designed to show public speaking's relevance outside the classroom
* Stimulating graphics demonstrate concepts through drawings and models
* End-of-chapter narratives summarize or illustrate the content of the chapter
* Vocabulary, Application Exercises, and Application Assignments have been updated and offer practical applications

New to the Eighth Edition:

* Two new themed boxes have been added to each chapter: "Celebrating Diversity" boxes feature examples from diverse cultural groups, while "On the Web" boxes provide lists of informative websites
* Three chapters from the Sixth Edition, which were not included in the Seventh Edition, have been updated and restored in this new edition: "Speeches for Special Occasions," "Speech Criticism," and "Dynamics of Small Group Discussion"
* Most chapters include one or more relevant principles from the NCA Credo on Ethics
* The "Finding Information" chapter offers updated coverage on the use of Internet search engines
* The "Presentational Aids" chapter features use of PowerPoint software
* Additional questions have been added to the beginning of each chapter
* A completely revamped and updated Student Study Guide and Instructor's Manual/Testing Program are also available

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2001
October 1998
October 1993

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Why Study Public Speaking?
    The Seven Basic Elements of the Public Speaking Process
    Confidence in Public Speaking
    Chapter 2: Listening and Ethics
    The Importance of Listening
    Three Myths About Listening
    The Process of Listening
    Barriers to Effective Listening
    Informative Listening
    Evaluative Listening
    Ethics and the Listener
    Respect All Cultural Groups
    Chapter 3: The Audience
    Audience Analysis
    Methods of Audience Analysis
    Situational Analysis
    The Uniqueness of the Classroom Audience
    Adapting to Your Audience
    Ethics and the Audience
    Chapter 4: The Speaker
    The Speaker-Audience Relationship
    What Do Audiences Want?
    How Do You Introduce Another Speaker?
    How to Avoid Plagiarism
    Chapter 5: Selecting a Topic and Purpose
    Purposes of Speeches
    Topic Selection
    Evaluating Topics
    Chapter 6: Finding Information
    Researching Effectively
    Personal Experience as a Source of Information
    Interviewing for Information
    Using the Library for Information
    Searching the Internet for Information
    Creating the Bibliography
    Ethics in Research: Oral Footnotes
    Chapter 7: Speech Organization and Outlining
    The Importance of Organization
    Organizing the Body of the Speech
    Consider the Connections
    Principles of Outlining
    Types of Outlines
    Chapter 8: The Ethical and Effective Use of Evidence, Proof, and Argument
    How Can Evidence Be Used Ethically and Effectively in the Persuasive Speech?
    Using Proof Ethically and Effectively
    Components of an Argument
    Additional Ethical Concerns
    Chapter 9: Introducing and Concluding Your Speech
    The Functions of an Introduction
    Demonstrating the Functions in a Speech
    The Functions of a Conclusion
    Methods of Concluding Your Speech
    Suggestions for Concluding Your Speech
    Chapter 10: Language in Public Speaking
    How Do Words Provide Power?
    Does Spoken Language Differ From Written Language?
    Avoiding Problems With Your Words
    What Words Should You Use?
    Using Words Ethically
    Suggestions for Language in Public Speaking
    Chapter 11: Delivering Your Speech
    What Is Effective Delivery?
    What Are Four Modes of Delivery?
    How Can You Use Your Voice Effectively?
    How Can You Use Your Body to Communicate Effectively?
    How Can You Improve Your Delivery?
    Chapter 12: Presentational Aids
    Why Use Presentational Aids?
    Factors Affecting the Use of Presentational Aids
    What Are the Types of Presentational Aids?
    Chapter 13: Informative Speaking
    Two Rhetorical Principles of Informative Speaking
    What Are Four Purposes of Informative Speaking?
    Learning Styles and Informative Speaking
    Five Principles of Learning
    Skills for the Informative Speaker
    Ethics and Informative Speaking
    Chapter 14: Persuasive and Presentational Speaking
    What Is Persuasive Speaking?
    Why Is Persuasive Speaking an Important Topic?
    Three Purposes of Persuasive Speaking
    What Is Being Influenced?
    Principles of Persuasion
    Types of Persuasive Speeches
    Ethics and Persuasive Speaking
    Chapter 15: Speeches for Special Occasions
    The Speech of Introduction
    Guidelines for Giving a Speech of Introduction
    Chapter 16: Speech Criticism
    The Value of Criticism
    A Brief History of Criticism
    Biases in Evaluating Speeches
    Training Yourself to Be a Better Evaluator
    Chapter 17: Dynamics of Small Group Discussion
    Understanding Small Group Communication
    Communication and the Development of Group Culture
    Development of Group Norms
    Development of Role Structure
    Networks of Communication
    Group Climate
    Being an Ethical Group Member