A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking by Dan O'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Rob Stewart

By Dan O'Hair, Hannah Rubenstein, Rob Stewart

This best-selling short creation to public conversing deals functional insurance of each subject quite often coated in a full-sized textual content, from invention, study, and association, to perform and supply. Its concise, reasonably cheap structure makes it excellent for the general public conversing path, and any atmosphere around the curriculum, at the activity, or locally. The fourth version bargains even better insurance of the basics of speechmaking, whereas additionally addressing the altering realities of public conversing in a electronic international, with a brand new bankruptcy on on-line shows, and new instruments and recommendation for locating and comparing on-line resources.

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Now begin to visualize the beginning of a day in which you are going to give an informative speech. See yourself getting up in the morning, full of energy, full of confidence, looking forward to the day’s challenges. You are putting on just the right clothes for the task at hand that day. Dressing well makes you look and feel good about yourself, so you have on just what you want to wear, which clearly expresses your sense of inner well-being. As you are driving, riding, or walking to the speech setting, note how clear and confident you feel, and how others around you, as you arrive, comment positively regarding your fine appearance and general 20 1 • GETTING STARTED demeanor.

But by pinpointing the onset of speech anxiety, you can address it promptly with specific anxiety-reducing techniques (see strategies to boost confidence on pp. 18–20). Pre-preparation Anxiety Some people feel anxious the minute they know they will be giving a speech. Pre-preparation anxiety at this early stage can have several negative consequences, from reluctance to begin planning for the speech to becoming so preoccupied with anxiety that they miss vital information necessary to fulfill the speech assignment.

Do any of your arguments contain fallacies of reasoning? (see pp. 197–199) ✓ Is the content of your message as accurate as you can make it? ✓ Do you avoid speech that demeans those with whom you disagree? Avoid Plagiarism Crediting sources is a crucial aspect of any speech. Plagiarism—the passing off of another person’s information as one’s own—is as unethical in a speech as it is elsewhere. To plagiarize is to use other people’s ideas or words without acknowledging the source. You are obviously plagiarizing when you simply “cut and paste” material from sources into your speech and represent it as your own.

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