Higher Education

Public Speaking in a Diverse Society, 3rd Edition

  • Patricia Kearney California State University, Long Beach
  • Tim Plax California State University, Long Beach
  • ISBN-10: 113352320X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133523208
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.00

About

Overview

PUBLIC SPEAKING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY presents a practical, research-based discussion of the process of public speaking. The authors take the position that public speaking is a lot like normal conversation. Their approach is unique in the way it teaches students to be more inclusive in their public communication. No other text offers a fuller appreciation and understanding of the critical issues facing speaking in today's multicultural society. This text provides the most important principles and skills of public speaking in a clear and readable manner.

Features and Benefits

  • No other book on public speaking is as comprehensive in its coverage of audience diversity. This text moves among a generic approach to the teaching of public speaking to one that reflects the cultural diversity of the United States, and the increasing demands of a global society in the 21st century.
  • All speeches and examples throughout the text have been updated with current events. Examples throughout are decidedly student-centered, interesting, and engaging. Informative and persuasive speeches reflect the efforts of actual students who were enrolled in public speaking courses.
  • Chapter 16 "Using Visual Aids" highlights the more contemporary sensory aids of video and audio technologies, along with guidelines for creating, formatting, and using digital presentation software.

Table of Contents

PART I: A MULTICULTURAL APPROACH TO PUBLIC SPEAKING.
1. A Contemporary Approach to Public Speaking.
2. Getting Started: Your First Speech.
3. The Influence of Culture on Public Speaking.
PART II: A FOCUS ON THE SPEAKER.
4. Developing Confidence: Coping with Your Fears about Public Speaking.
5. Being a Credible and Ethical Speaker.
PART III: A FOCUS ON THE AUDIENCE.
6. Analyzing and Adapting to Diverse Audiences.
7. Listening Actively.
PART IV: PREPARING THE TEXT OFYOUR SPEECH.
8. Selecting and Researching Your Topic.
9. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech.
10. Introductions and Conclusions.
11. Speaking to Inform.
12. Speaking to Persuade.
13. Generating Arguments.
PART V: A FOCUS ON SPEECH DELIVERY.
14. Verbal Communication: Making Every Word Count.
15. Nonverbal Communication: Making Every Gesture Count.
16. Developing Your Own Rhetorical Style.
17. Using Visual Aids.
18. Special Occasion Speeches and Group Presentations.
Appendix I Sample Speeches.
Glossary.
Supplements: None.

What's New

  • No other book on public speaking is as comprehensive in its coverage of audience diversity. This text moves among a generic approach to the teaching of public speaking to one that reflects the cultural diversity of the United States, and the increasing demands of a global society in the 21st century.
  • All speeches and examples throughout the text have been updated with current events. Examples throughout are decidedly student-centered, interesting, and engaging. Informative and persuasive speeches reflect the efforts of actual students who were enrolled in public speaking courses.
  • Chapter 16 "Using Visual Aids" highlights the more contemporary sensory aids of video and audio technologies, along with guidelines for creating, formatting, and using digital presentation software.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Patricia Kearney

Patricia Kearney (Ed.D., West Virginia University) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and teaching, both theoretical and applied, focus on instructional communication, organizational training, and development. The former Editor of Communication Education, Kearney has written a variety of textbooks and industrial training packages, and she has published more than 100 research articles, chapters, and commissioned research reports and instructional modules. She is listed among the 100 most published scholars and among the top 15 published female scholars in her discipline. Kearney is the Education Director for Ross.Campbell, a Sacramento-based marketing and media production firm specializing in cause-related, social and environmental issues. She teaches courses in business communication, training and development, instructional technology, and interpersonal relationships.

Tim Plax

Timothy G. Plax (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication at California State University, Long Beach. Plax is widely published, having authored college-level texts and over 150 professional articles and papers. With 30 years of experience in marketing research and message design, Plax is an authority on social influence and organizational communication. He has done extensive research and consulting on environmental topics including recycling, waste reduction, and pollution prevention. His clients include the California Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, California Department of Conservation, USA Funds, Sallie Mae, Gear Up, and more. Before joining the faculty at CSULB, Plax served as an internal consultant for The Rockwell International Corporation. Today he regularly teaches courses in organizational communication, social influence, and organizational leadership.