A Concise Public Speaking Handbook eBook, 5th Edition

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A Concise Public Speaking Handbook eBook, 5th Edition

By Steven A. Beebe, Susan J. Beebe
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An audience-centred approach to public speaking in a concise reference format

A Concise Public Speaking Handbook emphasises the importance of analysing and considering the audience at every point in the speech-making process. Using a concise reference format that facilitates quick and easy access to key information, authors Steven and Susan Beebe present a balance of theory and practice to guide students on how to enhance their public speaking skills. By focusing student attention on the dynamics of diverse audiences, ethics, and communication apprehension, the text narrows the gap between the classroom and the real world. The 5th Edition includes fresh examples throughout to ensure that content is relatable and engaging for students.


Concise, practical coverage of the public speaking process sets students up for success

  • Less than 300 pages and presented in spiral-bound, pocket-sized format, A Concise Public Speaking Handbook provides a streamlined, practical overview of the public speaking process that is less expensive than more in-depth texts.
  • NEW! To increase visual interest, the 5th Edition of the text is offered in full colour.
  • NEW! Fresh and expanded examples throughout the text ensure that the content presented is contemporary and engaging for students.
  • The text offers a number of strategies to improve speaker confidence.
    • To help students manage the anxiety they may experience when they think about speaking to an audience, Chapter 2 is devoted to improving speaker confidence.
    • Techniques for managing speaker apprehension, such as how to look for positive listener support when delivering a message, are also included throughout the text.
  • Besides learning how to speak in public, one of the most valued benefits of studying public speaking is becoming a more discriminating listener by developing critical listening skills.
    • A section on listening, critical thinking, and analysing and evaluating speeches helps students better understand their roles as speakers and listeners
    • Critical Assessment questions at the end of each chapter offer further opportunities to listen, analyse, and think critically.
  • Emphasising that an effective speaker is an ethical speaker, the authors help students understand the importance of ethics.
    • Ethics is emphasised throughout the text, as well as in the dedicated Chapter 4, Ethics and Free Speech.
    • Ethics Assessment questions at the end of each chapter spark thought and discussion on ethical issues in public speaking.


A pedagogically sound framework helps students build the skills they need

  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of every chapter provide a preview of chapter content and help students focus their study. Objectives are also repeated at the start of every section.
  • Quick Checks help students organise the tasks they need to perform when preparing their speeches, listing items that can be checked off as each step in the process is completed.
  • UPDATED! How To boxes provide clear instructions for applying concepts from the text to real-life public speaking. In the Fifth Edition, these boxes have been updated with contemporary examples designed to resonate with today’s students.
  • Study Guides at the end of each chapter summarise chapter content that reinforces the learning objectives listed at the beginning of the chapter. Each end-of-chapter Study Guide also includes:
    • Self-Assessment questions to help readers evaluate how prepared they are to apply the chapter material in their own speeches;
    • Ethics Assessment questions to encourage consideration of ethical issues; and
    • Critical Assessment questions that provide a variety of speechmaking scenarios to help students think critically and further apply chapter concepts.
Table of contents
  • 1. Speaking in Public
  • 2. Improving Your Confidence
  • 3. Presenting Your First Speech
  • 4. Ethics and Free Speech
  • 5. Listening
  • 6. Analyzing Your Audience
  • 7. Adapting to Your Audience as You Speak
  • 8. Developing Your Speech
  • 9. Gathering Supporting Material
  • 10. Supporting Your Speech
  • 11. Organizing Your Speech
  • 12. Outlining and Revising Your Speech
  • 13. Developing an Introduction
  • 14. Developing a Conclusion
  • 15. Using Words Well
  • 16. Methods of Delivery
  • 17. Nonverbal Communication
  • 18. Verbal Communication
  • 19. Delivering Your Speech
  • 20. Selecting Presentation Aids
  • 21. Preparing and Using Presentation Aids
  • 22. Informative Speaking
  • 23. Understanding Principles of Persuasive Speaking
  • 24. Using Persuasive Strategies
  • 25. Speaking on Special Occasions
  • 26. Speaking in Small Groups