Sixth Edition   ©2019

A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking

Dan O'Hair (University of Kentucky) , Hannah Rubenstein , Rob Stewart (Texas Tech University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10278-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10278-4; Format: Spiral Bound, 336 pages

Inexpensive, pocket-sized, and spiral bound. A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking’s small size and affordable price make it ideal for a wide range of students and uses in and out of the classroom. The spiral binding and reference tools make finding information easy and fast.

Useful reference designed to help students focus on key challenges and foundational skills. The clean design, clear and accessible writing style, and helpful charts signpost key concepts and ideas. Summary checklists and "Quick Tip" boxes encourage effective preparation and offer advice and guidelines on developing skills.

Clear guidance on speaking in a variety of contexts is provided. Because the book is meant to be used in public speaking class and throughout students’ academic careers and beyond, , examples are drawn from a broad range of speech situations and disciplines and incorporate expert outside advice. Chapters 26-29 cover online presentations, collaborating in groups, presenting in teams, and speaking in the workplace. Chapters 30–36 provide guidelines for speaking in other college courses, from the social sciences and humanities to education, science, engineering, and nursing.

Speech videos help students improve their speech techniques. Informative and persuasive speech videos accompanied by questions in LaunchPad show how speakers can polish their organization, source citations, and delivery. LaunchPad also contains more than 100 speech clips, including "needs improvement" clips that highlight typical issues.

Boxed features in the text summarize salient points and offer additional practice. Checklists reinforce critical content. "Quick Tips" offer succinct and practical advice. "Visual Guides" illustrate the steps for accomplishing challenging speech tasks.

The book provides effective help for non-native speakers. Appendix D gives ESL students help with common trouble spots, including practice with difficult words and using emphasis from their native language.

Built around the most common issues faced in the classroom, LaunchPad for A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, Sixth Edition, gives students everything they need to prepare for class and exams, including digital tools linked directly to the eBook, like our acclaimed LearningCurve adaptive quizzing. For instructors, LaunchPad offers everything they need to quickly set up a course, customize the content, prepare presentations and lectures, assign and assess homework, and guide the progress of individual students and the class as a whole.