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Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe team up to bring college and university students with a market-leading resource in their textbook Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach (8th Edition), ISBN 9780205784622. With a top priority of meeting student needs, this text places focuses on the fact that success in public speaking relies heavily on how...
Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe team up to bring college and university students with a market-leading resource in their textbook Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach (8th Edition), ISBN 9780205784622. With a top priority of meeting student needs, this text places focuses on the fact that success in public speaking relies heavily on how listeners interpret the message. Importance is specifically placed on evaluating and taking into account the audience's needs at each step of the speechmaking process. A step-by-step process of public speaking is presented with particular attention paid to the dynamics of varying audiences and their many needs. A variety of new and revised features are integrated in this latest edition including the new 'Confidently Connecting with Your Audience' margin feature that appears in every chapter and provides students with tips and strategies for effectively managing communication apprehension. A revised feature of this text is that of the 'Learning From Great Speakers' boxes which identify lessons that can be learned from great speakers as well as the 'Speech Workshop' which is featured at the end of each chapter and provides a variety of activities, worksheets, strategies, and suggestions for helping students develop and deliver speeches. Another useful tool included in this text is the well-liked and helpful 'Developing Your Speech Step by Step' box which offers a new model that allows readers to follow the steps of a successful student speaker as she works through the speechmaking process. Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe present a myriad of topics and strategies within the pages of Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach (8th Edition). Such subjects discussed include an overview of the speechmaking process, ethics and free speech, listening, analyzing the audience, developing the speech, gathering support material, and supporting the speech. Other concepts presented include organizing the speech, introducing and concluding the speech, outlining, speaker language and style, speech delivery, visual aids, speaking to inform, persuasive speaking, special-occasion speaking, and finally, speaking in small groups.
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