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The Public Speaking Playbook

The Public Speaking Playbook

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March 2015 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Learn to speak in public without breaking a sweat!

The Public Speaking Playbook coaches students to prepare, practice, and present their public speeches to their highest level. With a focus on actively building skills, Authors Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael W. Gamble train students in the fundamentals of the public speaking process using frequent interactive exercises that allow students to practice—and improve—their public speaking. Students want to put their skills into practice quickly, so the Playbook gives them the essentials in brief learning modules that focus on skill-building through independent and collaborative learning activities. As students master their skills, they are also encouraged to think critically about what it means to “play fair” in your public speaking—with a focus on diversity, ethics, and civic engagement.
Chapter 1: Public Speaking and You: Building Confidence
Identify Speechmaking’s Benefits

Understanding the Context of Public Speaking

Build Confidence

Chapter 2: Give Your First Speech
Select Your Topic

Develop, Support, and Organize Your Speech

Practice Delivery

Conduct a Post-Presentation Analysis

Chapter 3: Ethics and Public Speaking in a Global World
Respect Different Cultures

Speak Ethically

Think Critically

Chapter 4: Listening Critically
The Six Stages of Listening

Listening and Cultural Differences

The Benefits of Critical Listening

The Four Types of Listening

Improving Listening Behaviors

Chapter 5: Analyzing and Adapting to the Audience
Reach Out to Your Audience

Answer Preliminary Questions

Compose a Demographic Snapshot

Compose a Psychographic Snapshot

Consider the Speaking Situation

Get Information About Your Audience

Chapter 6: Select a Topic and Purpose
Formulate a Topic

Formulate General and Specific Purposes

Formulate the Thesis Statement

Chapter 7: Finding and Evaluating Research
Use Primary Research

Gather Secondary Research

Keep a Research Record

Think Critically About Research

Chapter 8: Integrating Support
Use Examples

Use Explanations and Descriptions

Use Definitions

Use Analogies

Use Statistics

Use Testimony

Citing Sources in Your Speech

Chapter 9: Organizing Your Speech
Understanding Speech Organization

Use Linear Organizational Formats

Use Configural Formats

Chapter 10: Outlining Your Speech
Create an Outline That Works For You

Make Your Speech Seamless

Practice Speaking With Your Outline

Chapter 11: Introducing Your Speech
Get Your Audience’s Attention

Build Your Credibility

Preview the Big Ideas

Avoid These Common Introductory Bloopers

Chapter 12: Concluding Your Speech
End Strong

Avoid These Common Concluding Pitfalls

Chapter 13: Wording the Speech
Understand How Words Work

Use Words To Connect

Consider Your Audience

Be Strategic

Use Oral Style

Chapter 14: Styles of Delivery
Choose a Delivery Mode

Plan and Practice

Avoid Common Delivery Bloopers

Chapter 15: The Speaker’s Voice
Control the Sound of Your Speech

Pitch Your Voice Properly

Adjust Volume

Regulate Rate

Pay Attention to Articulation and Pronunciation

Be Aware of Dialects and Regionalisms

Chapter 16: Physical Aspects of Delivery
Approach the Audience With Confidence

Coordinate Your Body Language With Your Words

Make the Most of the Speaker’s Setting

Chapter 17: Using Presentation Aids
Use Presentation Aids Strategically

Know How to Work With Presentation Aids

Select the Best Aids

Be Familiar With Presentation Software

Get the Most From Your Presentation Aids

Chapter 18: Speak to Inform
Speeches About Objects and Ideas

Speeches About Events and People

Speeches About Processes and Procedures

Achieving Informative Speaking Goals

Chapter 19: Prepare to Persuade
We All Practice Persuasion

Goals and Purposes of Persuasive Speech

Categorize and Organize the Persuasive Speech

Understand Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

Chapter 20: Methods of Persuasion
Varying Viewpoints and Your Target Audience

Build Persuasive Credibility

Use Evidence

Appeal to Reason

Arouse Emotions

Use Three Tenets of Persuasion

Ethical Persuasion: Avoid Fallacies

Chapter 21: Planning and Presenting in Groups
Speaking in Public Versus in a Group

Working Together

Solving Problems in Groups

Presenting the Group’s Work

Assess Your Group’s Development

Chapter 22: Special Occasion Speeches
Goals and Functions of Special Occasion Speeches

Types of Ceremonial Speeches

The Speech of Introduction

The Speech of Presentation

The Speech of Acceptance

The Commencement Address

The Keynote Address

The Speech of Tribute

The Eulogy

The After-Dinner Speech

Chapter 23: Business and Professional Speaking
First, Get the Job: How to Handle a Job Interview

Speaking in a Meeting

The Pitch

Briefings and Reports

The Training Session

Chapter 24: Leadership and Storytelling
Discover Your Inner Storyteller

Use Language to Connect

Acknowledge the Importance of Stories

Chapter 25: Speaking in College Courses
Presenting Across the Curriculum

Speaking Assignments in Every Course

Chapter 26: Presenting Online
The Technological Difference

Formats for Online Presentations

Online Platforms for Presenting

Chapter 27: Answering Questions
The Timing of the Q&A Session

Managing the Q&A



Student Study Site

SAGE edge for students helps improve performance, enhance learning, and offers a personalized approach to coursework in an easy-to-use environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • Chapter-specific learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Chapter-by-chapter study questions to help students prepare for quizzes and tests.
  • Video and multimedia content includes links to video, audio, web, and data that appeal to students with different learning styles.
  • Sample student speech videos and transcripts show students effective models for presenting and structuring their speeches.
  • A speech outline and reference guide helps students prepare their speeches.
  • Comprehensive list of suggested student speech topics with relevant web resources to jump-start research. 
  • Best practice guide for students on how to use various presentation software.
Instructor Resource Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Also available in Respondus software.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester, quarter, and online courses provide suggested models for structuring your course structure.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch conversation by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.
  • Internet activities and exercises direct both students and instructors to relevant web resources and critical thinking questions to extend and reinforce learning.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video links and multimedia content, which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Best practice guides for instructors on using video in the classroom and integrating multimedia and sample speeches into lectures. 
  • Best practice guide for students on how to use various presentation software.
  • Sample rubrics and worksheets for grading and speech preparation. 
  • common course cartridge includes all of the instructor resources and assessment material from the student study site, making it easy for instructors to upload and use these materials in learning management systems such as Blackboard™, Angel®, Moodle™, Canvas, and Desire2Learn™


Some useful information on public speaking.

Mr Lee James Davall
Education , Royal Academy of Dance
June 7, 2016

The text is engaging and an accessible read for PGCE students. The text includes useful examples of ideas in practice and a glossary of key vocabulary.

Mr Lee James Davall
Education , Royal Academy of Dance
September 11, 2015

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