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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (Jan. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205593364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205593361
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.5 x 26.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,858,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2b3a084) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
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HASH(0xa2531da4) out of 5 stars Master of the Soap Box Sept. 26 2012
By Nick Fury - Published on Amazon.com
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Shortly after reading this book, I was able to stand on a street corner and address a multitude of people as they passed by me. I was able to lecture for hours on the coming of the apocalypse. I knew I was able to clearly get through to people as some actually glanced at me on their way by. It could have been my tinfoil hat or the socks I have not washed since July, but I would like to attribute it to this wonderful work of literature that helped me master public speaking.

Keep watching the skies!
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HASH(0xa253400c) out of 5 stars Book was fine Oct. 8 2013
By Jaimie - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a text book. For a public speaking class. There's some good tips in it, but I don't get super excited about textbooks on the daily any ways. I haven't found any real problems with it though so 5 stars.
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HASH(0xa2531fb4) out of 5 stars Good read Feb. 7 2014
By Megan Corneliusen - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book for school and it was cheaper here. The book is good, easy to read. It had a lot of good tips in there for public speaking. I recommend this book to high school and college students or anyone looking for great tips on public speaking.
HASH(0xa25342c4) out of 5 stars 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.
HASH(0xa25347c8) out of 5 stars 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.