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


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Key features within this edition include:
  • Strong coverage of ethics throughout:
    • The first public speaking book to include a full chapter on ethics (Ch. 2), the new edition continues to stress to readers the importance of being ethical speakers and listeners.
    • “Ethical Decisions” boxes present mini-cases in which readers must choose between controversial courses of action. Thought-provoking questions follow each scenario, providing springboards for engaging classroom debates.
    • In-chapter discussions of ethical issues throughout the book stress to readers how ethics is a part of the entire public speaking process.
  • Emphasis on speech criticism:
    • Step-by-step instruction on speech criticism (Chapter 4) includes discussion of reacting to criticism that shows readers how to use feedback constructively.
    • Critiquing guidelines printed in the back of the book serve as a reference tool.
    • An annotated speech critique is included in Chapter 4, offering an early example (with commentary from the authors) to help improve a reader’s written and oral critiquing. 
    • Annotated speeches appear in Chapters 15, 17, and 18, and illustrate how four readers constructed their informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches.
  • Emphasis on critical thinking:
    • In-text discussions of specific critical thinking skills are incorporated throughout the text, appearing early in the chapters to reinforce how critical thinking relates to each topic at hand.
  • Emphasis on technology:
    • The Seventh Edition provides a current guide to research using databases, academic search engines, and Internet sources, with a strong emphasis on how to evaluate Internet sites.
    • “Exploring Online” boxes throughout the book emphasize the wealth of useful information on the Internet.
  • Two full chapters on persuasion highlight persuasive theory, types of argument, and a discussion of logical fallacies.
  • “Speaking with Confidence” boxes feature speaker excerpts throughout the country explaining how Mastering Public Speaking helped them to build their confidence throughout the stages of the public speaking process.
  • Sample speeches represent a diversity of speakers and occasions: student and professional speakers; classroom and contest student speeches; speeches by two-year, four-year, and graduate school readers; informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches (Ch. 15, 17, 18 & Appendix).
  • Updated examples reflect greater cultural diversity and changes in technology.
  • “Theory into Practice” features in every chapter help readers understand and apply concepts and strategies of public communication to enhance their speaking competence.

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Title should be changed. May 17 2011
By john d levan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This text should be titled "Fundamentals of Public Speaking," not "Mastering Public Speaking," but do not take that as a criticism of the text. For an entry level text, this book provides what most students should learn about the fundamentals of public speaking. Nurses, medical technicians, computer geeks, and childcare workers are not usually interested in voice training and stage performance, as another reviewer has suggested, they are simply interested in learning how to speak in public with some confidence and without being petrified when doing so. This text can accomplish that.
Expensive Text Book Oct. 16 2011
By Mick - Published on Amazon.com
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Its sad that a company has to charge 90 dollars for a book and put a magazine thickness cover on it. And further charge an arm and a leg for a book that has been out in print for many years. 7th edition, give me a break. The book is complete and tough.
Public Speaking April 14 2014
By Donna Trepanier - Published on Amazon.com
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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. :)
Poorly written Nov. 19 2012
By Velez - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has many mistakes, terrible grammar, unhelpful points, ridiculously expensive. I would not suggest this book. Find a better one.
Great Book Feb. 8 2014
By Thomas Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent text book to learn public speaking. It is well written and very easy to follow. It is a also very comprehensive.


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