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The Public Speaking Playbook- Vantage Learning Platform

The Public Speaking Playbook- Vantage Learning Platform

Fourth Edition

Public Speaking

January 2023 | SAGE Publications, Inc

About The Public Speaking Playbook - Vantage Learning Platform, Fourth Edition

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The Public Speaking Playbook, Fourth Edition is offered in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.  

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PART ONE: Get Ready to Speak Confidently
Chapter 1: You Can Speak Confidently
Chapter 2: Public Speaking in a Connected World: Inclusion, Ethics, and Critical Thinking
PART TWO: Listen and Adapt
Chapter 3: Mindful Listening
Chapter 4: Analyzing and Adapting to the Audience
PART THREE: Topic and Research
Chapter 5: Selecting a Topic and Purpose
Chapter 6: Finding and Evaluating Research for Your Speech
Chapter 7: Integrating Support
PART FOUR: Organize and Outline
Chapter 8: Organizing the Main Points of Your Speech
Chapter 9: Outlining Your Speech
PART FIVE: Present Your Speech
Chapter 10: Beginning and Ending Your Speech
Chapter 11: Wording the Speech
Chapter 12: Delivery Modes and Practice
Chapter 13: Delivering Your Speech: Nonverbal Messages Matter
Chapter 14: Using Presentation Aids
PART SIX: Informative Presentations
Chapter 15: Speaking to Inform
PART SEVEN: Speaking to Persuade
Chapter 16: Prepare to Persuade
Chapter 17: Methods of Persuasion
PART EIGHT: Specialized Speaking Contexts
Chapter 18: Communicating and Presenting in Small Groups
Chapter 19: Special Occasion Speeches
Chapter 20: Business and Professional Speaking
Chapter 21: Storytelling
Chapter 22: Presenting in Classes Beyond the Public Speaking Course (online)
Chapter 23: Presenting Online
Chapter 24: Answering Questions: Preparing for and Managing the Q&A (online)

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Enables Easy, 3-Step Course Creation. Our simple interface enables you to create your course in minutes so you can focus on content. Just enter your course information, select your assignments and grading preferences, and review your settings.

Drives Student Engagement. An evidence-based learning design integrates text content with frequent multimedia activities and learning assessments to facilitate better student preparation, engagement, and learning retention.
  • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.
  • Study tools, including flashcards and note-taking, highlighting, and definition look-up capabilities, give students all they need for class preparation and course success.
  • Assignable Knowledge Checks (with helpful hints) provide formative assessments after each major section of text content to reinforce retention of key concepts.
  • Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.
  • Assignable multimedia activities with assessment—including video and self-assessments—build critical thinking while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content. Focused feedback on correct and incorrect answers eliminates any guesswork in the learning journey.
Ensures Student Accountability. Auto-graded assignments feed your gradebook while instructor reports complement your ability to track student activity, assignment completion, and learning objective mastery. These real-time analytics provide quick insights into individual and class performance for tailoring course instruction to help you address the needs of struggling students.

Delivers First-day-of-class Access and Flexibility. With our 2-week grace period access, all students can use Vantage on the very first day of class. The flexibility to use Vantage on mobile, desktop, or tablet devices means your dynamic Vantage content will consistently be available to learners any time they need it.

Offers Best-in-class Technical Support and Training. Our personalized support for instructors, students, and LMS administrators facilitates an easy transition to Vantage and the quality service you’ve come to expect from SAGE.
  • Customizable Learning Management System (LMS) Integration. Our approach to integration empowers you to drive students to the content you want them to see in your LMS immediately following Single Sign On (SSO). In addition, automatic grade sync and full gradebook integration options can bolster timesaving, streamlined access to all your course content.
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New to this Edition:
  • 100 sample student speeches available in SAGE Vantage illustrates examples of effective speeches as well as speeches that need improvement
  • Updated for currency and relevance, including new chapter openers, real world examples, COVID-19, pop culture references, and current events.
  • Refreshed “storytelling” focus emphasizes the text’s chapter on storytelling and how students have life-stories to share that can improve the speaker–audience connection.
  • A fresh look at the role of empathy in public speaking, whether performing the role of speaker, audience member, or evaluator, the ability to empathize increases effectiveness.
  • Expanded coverage of virtual and online presentations, including how to use Zoom and avoid Zoom fatigue, how to create podcasts, and how to ensure that transitioning between formats, from face-to-face to virtual, goes smoothly.
Key Features:
  • A play-by-play guide to presentations using a coaching approach encourages speakers to practice regularly in order to build skills and speak at peak ability.
  • Coverage of the fundamentals of speech preparation and delivery in the first chapter empowers students to manage speech anxiety, build confidence, and prepare for their first speech.
  • Self-assessments, Game Plans, and checklists highlight areas where students excel or need improvement, setting the tone for building skills and confidence through routine practice.
  • Exercises put skills into practice in every chapter, with a regular emphasis on speech analysis, speech preparation, and delivery.
  • Coaching Tips drive home the key takeaways for speakers with inspiring quotes and practical advice.

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