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Public Speaking Handbook (3rd Edition) [Spiral-bound]

Steven A. Beebe , Susan J. Beebe

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Book Description

Dec 28 2008 0205648355 978-0205648351 3

Adapted from the authors' top-selling public speaking book, Public Speaking Handbook provides a unique, audience-centered approach in a reader-friendly reference format, allowing quick and easy access to key information.


Public Speaking Handbook brings theory and practice together in an understandable and applicable manner. Its distinctive and popular audience-centered approach emphasizes the importance of analyzing and considering the audience at every point in preparing and delivering a speech. This public speaking model serves as a foundation as the book guides readers through the step-by-step process of public speaking, focusing their attention on the importance and dynamics of diverse audiences.

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Key features for this edition include:
  • Easy-to-use, reference format enables readers to look up and use information quickly. Tabbed dividers enable readers to access chapters quickly, while the spiral binding makes working with the book easy.
  • Tabbed sections offer "At a Glance" outlines that highlight chapter content for easy reference.
  • Unique, audience-centered approach, introduced in the Beebes' prior edition, emphasizes the importance of considering the audience at all stages of the public speaking process. The audience-centered model, displayed on each tabbed divider, reminds readers of the steps involved in speech preparation and delivery, while simultaneously emphasizing the ongoing process of analyzing and adapting to listeners.
  • Brief "Quick Check" summaries throughout the book recap key information for quick review.
  • A Question of Ethics boxes (throughout the book) invite students to consider ethical issues as they prepare and deliver their presentations, including the tradition of free speech in a democratic society, plagiarism, honesty in communication, the legitimate use of evidence and reasoning, and the need for tolerance.
  • Extensive coverage of overcoming speech anxiety (Ch. 2) includes applications of the latest communication research with concrete suggestions to help readers better manage speaker anxiety and communication apprehension.
  • Guidance on conducting library and online research (Ch. 8) contains tips for using the Internet for speech research and suggestions for finding, evaluating, and documenting online sources.
  • “How To” boxes provide step-by-step instructions for completing the steps in the speech preparation process.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Redundant June 6 2010
By G. Tavarez - Published on Amazon.com
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This text is very redundant! If you read the detailed table of contents, and the chapter's outline there is no need to read the text!! However, the suggested topics are very helpful!
5.0 out of 5 stars GUARANTEED AN 'A' THIS SEMESTER July 19 2014
By ISLAND GURL - Published on Amazon.com
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I got an A in speech because of this book.This handbook was very discriptive, and informative. Each chapter gave an indept on areas of public speaking that will help us when giving a speech, be it short or long. Also, the bullet points and summary at the end of each chapter is great for quick reviews, test takings and follow-ups. Most importantly, the price was very good, comparing to my book store at school.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Textbook Feb. 18 2014
By Harley Tech - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say, its just another textbook. It came on time and in good condition from the seller. The book was fairly easy to read, and I don't suspect anyone just buying up this book unless you have to have it for class. Honestly, we used it maybe once or twice during the entire semester. Anyways, if this is the book you need, go for it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 4 2014
By Holly Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I am using this instead of the current edition. It's working out great for fraction of the price of the new book.
5.0 out of 5 stars book review March 11 2013
By margarette - Published on Amazon.com
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this book looks very neat, no scribbles or any marks written anywhere. Also, it has very useful information plus helpful tips on public speaking.

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