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ISBN-13 9780205250110ISBN-10 0205250114
ISBN-10 020502940XISBN-13 9780205029402
Author(s): Steven A. Beebe; Susan J. Beebe
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 528

Adapted from the authors' top-selling public speaking text, Public Speaking Handbook 4e provides a unique, audience-centered approach in a student-friendly reference format, enabling students to access information quickly and easily.

The fourth edition of 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 text guides students through the step-by-step process of public speaking, focusing their attention on the importance and dynamics of diverse audiences, and narrowing the gap between the classroom and the real world.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning—MySpeechLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. With tools such as MediaShare (our video upload and commenting tool), MyOutline, and self-assessments in MyPersonalityProfile, MySpeechLab works with students and instructors to personalize the learning experience and make it more effective. 

  • Improve Skill Development and Application— In addition to the practical, application-oriented approach to public speaking throughout the book, more than sixty “How To” boxes offer step-by-step instructions for key tasks in the speech preparation process. “Think About These Questions” at the end of each chapter help students apply concepts. An expanded discussion of communication apprehension includes the latest in communication research and concrete suggestions that students can apply in managing their own anxiety.  In addition, online tools such as MediaShare provide the opportunity for increased feedback on skill development. 

  • Engage Students— The easy-to-use reference format, FAQ’s for each tabbed section, and “QuickCheck” recap summaries engage students in the content and make it easy for students to find the information they need while preparing for assignments. 

  • Explore Examples of speeches and speech excerpts in every chapter.

  • Emphasize Learning Outcomes –Study guides at the end of every chapter clarify learning outcomes by reminding students to “Remember These Main Ideas,” “Understand These Key Terms, and “Think About These Questions.” In addition, Chapter 4 offers a figure and table, as well as text, to help students evaluate their own and others’ public speeches. Finally, online tools in MySpeechLab, such as MediaShare, provide a strong assessment tool for measuring students’ mastery of your course’s learning outcomes through their speeches. 

  • Understand Theory and Research – Detailed discussion of conducting library and online research (Chapter 7) provides useful guidance and tips for students for this critical part of the speech preparation process. The new edition also features new and expanded discussion of key communication theories and current research.  Additionally, students can access Pearson’s MySearchLab (available in MySpeechLab; access code required) where students can get extensive help on the research process as well as can access four databases of credible and reliable source material (for details, please see ).  MySearchLab also contains an AutoCite feature that assists students in the creation of a Works Cited document (using APA, MLA, or Chicago formats), as well as Pearson’s SourceCheck, which encourages students to accurately document and cite their sources. 

  • Support Instructors— Strong supplements package along with activities and assessments in MySpeechLab. ClassPrep, located within MySpeechLab, contains videos, lectures, classroom activities, audio clips, and more. In addition to the traditional PowerPoint presentation package, Public Speaking Handbook also offers a unique Prezi presentation package to accompany this new edition. 

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