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

LaunchPad for the Sixth Edition now delivers a comprehensive, easy, assignable media and assessment package. New and updated features:

  • NEW Video Assessment program helps instructors provide immediate feedback while easily managing the video process in their courses. The assessment is simple to use with superior commenting, recording, and rubric functionalities. 
  • Powerful Feedback. Multiple comment delivery options for instructor and peers are available for rich feedback. Customizable visual markers quickly map the pluses and minuses of the speech. Descriptive and customizable rubrics (along with publisher-provided rubrics) provide an avenue for crystal-clear assessment. Feedback is in real-time.
  • Students receive immediate feedback on their videos from their instructor and peers, as feedback can be given during the live speech. When the speech is done, the instructor is done with their assessment. Because grading work is finished at the end of the class hour, instructors get their lives back.
  • Mobile Device-friendly. Video can be recorded or uploaded from a mobile device and loaded directly into an assignment via iOS/Android apps.
  • Live-Streaming. Online speech classes can live-stream their speeches while the instructor and class assesses it in the moment.
  • NEW “Video Scenario” lecture launchers
  • NEW chapter quizzes
  • NEW iClicker Questions

A wealth of new research, content, and tools to give students what  they need to succeed:

  • New visual guide on using effective body language provides speakers with best practices they can apply. The guide reinforces key skills discussed in Chapter 18, including eye contact with the audience and effective gestures. The feature helps students put speech concepts from the text into action.
  • More examples relevant to different speech situations (Chapter 6) helps students see how they can present to people with different disciplinary backgrounds, when interviewing for a job, or during other situations where they may not know about different demographics ahead of time.
  • New detailed table on organizational patterns maps out each pattern using the same topic. Students and instructors say that organizational patterns are among the most difficult concepts to master. This new visual chart brings clarity and helps students confidently choose the best organizational pattern for their speech purpose.

Current examples help students engage with course material. New examples include the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who use public speaking to influence civic discourse about gun violence, and an excerpt from Emma Watson’s powerful United Nations speech about the HeForShe campaign.

Loaded with new speech models on hot topics and new videos:

  • A new special occasion speech by actor and comedian Will Ferrell explains his experiences with speech anxiety in a moving and inspirational address to the 2017 graduating class at the University of Southern California. The speech also includes margin annotations explaining Ferrell’s effective use of rhetorical devices, such as anecdotes and emotional appeals.
  • Speeches on contemporary topics, paired with video in LaunchPad, engage students and serve as models. A new informative speech, accompanied by questions in LaunchPad, shows how student speakers can polish their organization and delivery. The speech, titled “Going Carbon Neutral on Campus,” appears in Chapter 22 with margin annotations explaining the speaker’s effective use of rhetorical techniques. The speech also appears as a new, professionally shot video in LaunchPad, available with transcripts and closed captioning. A “needs improvement” version of the speech allows students to see how the speaker progressed from a rough first attempt to a final speech with a strong delivery.
  • New video scenarios at the beginning of each Part preview upcoming steps in the speech-making process. The text directs students to LaunchPad to watch a video scenario related to a key concept, like delivery or preparation. After watching each video in LaunchPad, students answer a series of critical-thinking questions, increasing their understanding of foundational public speaking concepts. This new feature is great for discussion and helps students understand and tackle common challenges in the public speaking course.