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Mastering Public Speaking (7th Edition) Paperback – Jan 28 2009

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very nice Feb. 23 2006
By E. Dugosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is very informative. It has cheatsheets printed on the back cover. There is also information to help you with your first speech because the author realized that speeches would be prepared before the student could finish reading the book.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing Aug. 3 2004
By Stephen A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd considered buying this book from Amazon, and decided to first examine a copy at the Boston Public Library. I was unimpressed. The tone seems aimed at middle-school students, and the text is littered with patronizing "Dick & Jane" anecdotes. A quick glance through the table of contents suggests that Grice and Skinner address nearly every conceivable aspect of public speaking -- but a closer examination reveals a complete lack of depth. It seems as if they simply brainstormed ways to add pages without actually investigating their subject.

The most derelict example I found was the second chapter, devoted entirely to a discussion of ethics. This chapter includes a section on plagiarism, where Grice and Skinner define plagiarism and warn students that getting caught may result in failing a class or being expelled from school -- hardly the sort of information you'd expect from a college-level textbook. Meanwhile, Grice and Skinner lazily sidestep the most challenging issue -- the employment of speechwriters -- by confining its mention to a brief, rhetorical question among the chapter-end exercises. In other words: "Here's a complex issue. We've exhausted our space with rudimentary ones, but we encourage you to do some real work on your own!"

There are some informative, useful books on public speaking. Richard Dowis and James Humes have each written excellent books on crafting and delivering a speech. Virgil Anderson and Ann Utterback have written valuable books on training your voice, and Livingston Taylor and Keith Johnstone have written classics on stage performance. My suggestion is to skip this book. I was thoroughly disappointed with its lack of ambition, and I'd hate to be stuck with a professor who found it respectable.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mediocre text May 8 2007
By J. B. S. Wise - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to use this book for a public speaking class and found it to be quite tiring to get through. Its few good ideas and suggestions are easily lost within its high-school approach and broad conjectures about communication.
Public Speaking April 14 2014
By Donna Trepanier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is very helpful.. Thank you!!!!! The class is a bit challenging but the book is giving a clear understanding of the material. Thank u also for sending the book in a clean look and no torn pages. :)
school book March 8 2014
By BARBARA SELBY - Published on Amazon.com
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this book helped me pass my school work it was a must have....... Learned a lot of good things from this book