About the Author(s)
J. Dan Rothwell is the former chair of the Communication Studies Department at Cabrillo College. He has a BA in American history from the University of Portland (Oregon), an MA in rhetoric and public address, and a PhD in communication theory and social influence, both from the University of Oregon. He has authored four other books in addition to Practically Speaking and has received more than two dozen teaching awards during his lengthy academic career.
"Practically Speaking is the most up-to-date, concise, and accessible text for the basic public speaking course. Students will actually read it!"--Johnathan Marlow, Tulsa Community College
"This is a cutting-edge textbook that has great chapter content and examples. It includes great videos and critical thinking questions to challenge students and spark discussion."--Daryle Nagano, Los Angeles Harbor College
"The sense of humor is brilliant, edgy, topical, and smart. I found myself literally LOL-ing numerous times."--Andrew Herrmann, East Tennessee State University
"Practically Speaking is the most up-to-date, concise, and accessible text for the basic public speaking course. Students will actually read it! Chapter 12 (Skepticism) is crucial for GenTech students."--Johnathan Marlow, Tulsa Community College
"This text is easy to read and provides examples that are humorous to students, which allows them to better understand the concepts."--Mary Beth Asbury, Middle Tennessee State University
"Practically Speaking is clearly written and a great introductory text for a college audience. The examples provided are pertinent and interesting to college students. The examples of the speeches in the appendices are tagged with the functions of each component, helping model an effective structure for students as they work on understanding, analyzing, and writing speeches."--Antonia Krueger, Eckerd College