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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: #3,091,200 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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the Soap Box Sept. 26 2012
By Nick Fury - Published on
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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!
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Aug. 3 2004
By Stephen A. Smith - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice Feb. 23 2006
By E. Dugosh - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book was fine Oct. 8 2013
By Jaimie - Published on
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre text May 8 2007
By J. B. S. Wise - Published on
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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.