Request for consultation

Thanks for your request. You’ll soon be chatting with a consultant to get the answers you need.
{{formPostErrorMessage.message}} [{{formPostErrorMessage.code}}]
First Name is required. 'First Name' must contain at least 0 characters 'First Name' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid First Name
Last Name is required. 'Last Name' must contain at least 0 characters 'Last Name' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid Last Name
Institution is required.
Discipline is required.
Why are you contacting us today? is required. 'Why are you contacting us today?' must contain at least 0 characters 'Why are you contacting us today?' cannot exceed 0 characters Please enter a valid Why are you contacting us today?

The Speaker's Handbook, Spiral bound Version 11th Edition

Jo Sprague, Douglas Stuart, David Bodary

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2013, 2010, 2008
  • 528 Pages
Starting At 50.00 See pricing and ISBN options


Helping students speak in the classroom and the boardroom, THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK, 11e covers the entire process of preparing, organizing, developing, and delivering a speech-making it the ideal text for students taking a public speaking course as well as an excellent reference for experienced speakers. The handbook continues to offer thorough coverage of ethics, reasoning, analyzing audience, and diversity. Each chapter is designed to stand alone so that speakers can refer only to the sections that meet their needs. Vivid new graphics in the Eleventh Edition help illustrate key concepts. Speeches from students and public figures-including President Obama's commemorative speech on the death of Nelson Mandela-provide relevant speech models as well as material for analysis. Features such as For Your Benefit equip students with valuable tips and advice, while Speaker's Workshop and Putting It into Practice activities give students plenty of hands-on application. New Learning Objectives and updated Checklists help students review what they've learned. In addition, the new MindTap for THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK delivers a personalized online learning experience for students-while enabling instructors to easily measure skills and outcomes.

Jo Sprague, San Jose State University

Jo Sprague is professor emeritus of Communication Studies at San José State University, where she also served as associate director of the Center for Faculty Development and Support. In addition, she is a former president of the Western States Communication Association. Her research focuses on critiquing, teaching and the scholarship of speech communication.

Douglas Stuart,

Douglas Stuart is Vice President of Technical and Marketing Publications at FirstTel Systems Corporation.

David Bodary, Sinclair Community College

David Bodary is a professor of Communication at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, where he teaches Public Speaking and coordinates the Service Learning office. He belongs to both the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Central States Communication Association. Dr. Bodary has served in a variety of roles for both organizations and is pleased to have participated in the NCA Learning Outcomes in Communication project. He earned his bachelor's from Eastern Michigan University and a master's and doctorate from Wayne State University.
  • NEW LEARNING OBJECTIVES. At the beginning of each tabbed part, all-new Learning Objectives correlate directly with main headings in the chapters as well as with the Summary at the end of the chapter. The objectives highlight what students need to know to process and understand the chapter-making them an excellent study tool.
  • NEW GRAPHICS. Throughout the handbook vivid new graphics help illustrate key concepts, including public speaking anxiety, audience analysis, and generational culture.
  • NEW REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES. Full speech examples from students and public figures provide speech models and opportunities for analysis. Speeches by public figures reflect the diversity of voices that define the current age and include speeches from heads of state, popular artists, environmentalists, and interfaith leaders. One new student speech addresses the idea of teaching critical media studies in elementary school. New speeches from public figures include President Obama's commemorative speech on the death of Nelson Mandela, Lupita Nyong's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, and Eboo Patel's address on “The Holiness of Common Ground”.
  • ADDITIONAL PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. The Eleventh Edition features more For Your Benefit boxes providing practical speech advice while offering additional insight for speaking in the classroom as well as the boardroom. Topics include being aware of urban legends, conducting interviews, standpoint and bias, using clickers and cell phones, and being your own personal brand.
  • UP-TO-DATE CHECKLISTS. New and updated Checklists throughout provide students with frequent opportunities to check their understanding of topics, such as Questions for Assessing a Speaker's Claims, Finding a Balance in Ethical Decisions, Reducing Your Anxiety, Describing Your Audiences, Attention-Getting Techniques, Assessing Your Speaking Image, Helpful Strategies for Informative Speaking, and Assessing and Modifying Vocal Behavior.
  • NEW INTERACTIVE ONLINE RESOURCE. New MindTap for THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking-as well as allow instructors to measure skills and outcomes with ease. Activities powered by MindApps, developed specifically for this discipline, walk students step-by-step through the process of analyzing sample speeches, creating a topic, building an outline, practicing, and presenting their speech.
  • EMPHASIS ON LANGUAGE. In Chapter 17, language is presented as a powerful communicative element-rather than an adornment or frill-to emphasize the need for thoughtful, sensitive, and appropriate use of words and symbols.
  • FULL CHAPTER ON PRACTICING SPEECHES. Chapter 24 provides detailed guidelines for practicing speech presentations, including helpful suggestions and timetables for this important dimension of speech preparation.
  • EMPHASIS ON DIVERSITY. Consistent attention to social and cultural diversity in this handbook reflects the diversity of contemporary life.
  • HANDS-ON PRACTICE. Throughout the text and on MindTap for THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK, Speaker's Workshop activities provide exercises that help students prepare effective, well-structured speeches. In addition, end-of-chapter Putting It into Practice activities provides active learning opportunities to use in class or for homework.
  • INSIGHTFUL RESOURCES. The appendix includes a handy guide to common pronunciation and usage errors for native and nonnative speakers of English.
  • ENTIRE CHAPTER DEVOTED TO ETHICS. Drawing together key points, Chapter 3 “Speaking Ethics” provides thorough guidelines for responsible speaking. The ethical decisions speakers make are treated as a series of careful compromises instead of clear-cut do's and don'ts.
  • DISTINCTIVE COVERAGE OF AUDIENCE ANALYSIS. Going well beyond audience members' traits and characteristics, the text also illustrates how to analyze the processes by which they make sense of messages (Chapter 7).
  • EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF REASONING. Reasoning (Chapter 16) is discussed through an examination of the links people draw between data and conclusions. The text discusses how people can logically reach opposite conclusions from the same evidence, emphasizing the need to spell out and justify the links in one's reasoning.
1. Understanding Speaking.
2. Listening.
3. Speaking Ethics.
4. Addressing Speech Anxiety.
5. Planning.
6. Topic Selection and Analysis.
7. Audience Analysis.
8. Research.
9. Transforming Ideas into Speech Points.
10. Organizing Points.
11. Outlining.
12. Connectives.
13. Introductions.
14. Conclusions.
15. Supporting Materials.
16. Reasoning.
17. Language and Style.
18. Attention and Interest.
19. Credibility.
20. Motivational Appeals.
21. Informative Strategies.
22. Persuasive Strategies.
23. Modes of Delivery.
24. Practice Sessions.
25. Vocal Delivery.
26. Physical Delivery.
27. Presentation Aids.
28. Adapting to the Speech Situation.
29. Answering Questions.
30. Analyzing Speech Contexts.
31. Educational Context.
32. Workplace Context.
33. Social and Ceremonial Context.
34. Civic and Political Context.
35. Leadership Across Contexts.
Speeches by Student Speakers.
Speeches by Public Figures.
Guide to Common Pronunciation and Usage Errors.
Glossary of Key Terms.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

Standalone Digital Access — Ultimate Value

Recommended and most popular

  • ISBN-10: 130507646X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305076464
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $50.00
  • RETAIL $50.00

Digital Access + Print — Flexible Value

Recommended and most popular

  • ISBN-10: 1305719271
  • ISBN-13: 9781305719279
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $72.75
  • RETAIL $96.95

  • ISBN-10: 1305708830
  • ISBN-13: 9781305708839
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $112.50
  • RETAIL $149.95

Textbook Only Options

Traditional eBook and Print Options

{{collapseContainerClosed['detail_0'] ? 'Show More' : 'Show Less'}}

  • ISBN-10: 1305549430
  • ISBN-13: 9781305549432
  • STARTING AT $22.99

  • ISBN-10: 1285444612
  • ISBN-13: 9781285444611
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $93.75
  • RETAIL $124.95

“It covers what I would expect and need a public speaking book to cover, and it does so in a concise way that is also easy to understand.”

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305098732
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from THE SPEAKER'S HANDBOOK test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.