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The Public Speaking Playbook
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The Public Speaking Playbook

Second Edition
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Public Speaking

January 2017 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Learn to speak in public without breaking a sweat! 

The Public Speaking Playbook, Second Edition, shows students how to prepare, practice, and present their public speeches with the highest level of confidence. With a focus on actively building skills, Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael W. Gamble coach students in the fundamentals of the public speaking process, using brief interactive learning modules that allow students to practice—and improve—their public speaking. The highly anticipated Second Edition of this bestselling text features a more inclusive playbook analogy, exposing students to additional arenas—for example, politics, music, and business—to hone their skills and improve their performance. As students master the skills, they are also encouraged to think critically about what it means to “play fair” in public speaking, with a focus on diversity, ethics, and civic engagement.

 

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART ONE: Get Ready to Speak
 
Chapter 1: Public Speaking and You: Building Confidence
Section 1.1 Identify Speechmaking’s Benefits

 
Section 1.2 Understand the Context of Public Speaking

 
Section 1.3 Build Confidence

 
Chapter Exercises: Get a Strong Start

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 2: Give Your First Speech
Section 2.1 Select Your Topic

 
Section 2.2 Develop, Support, and Organize Your Speech

 
Section 2.3 Practice Delivery

 
Section 2.4 Conduct a Post- Presentation Analysis

 
Chapter Exercises: First Speech

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 3: Ethics and Public Speaking in a Global World
Section 3.1 Respect Different Cultures

 
Section 3.2 Speak Ethically

 
Section 3.3 Think Critically

 
Chapter Exercises: Cultural Diversity, Critical Thinking, and Ethics

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART TWO: Look and Listen
 
Chapter 4: Listening Critically
Section 4.1 The Six Stages of Listening

 
Section 4.2 Listening and Cultural Differences

 
Section 4.3 The Benefits of Critical Listening

 
Section 4.4 The Four Types of Listening

 
Section 4.5 Improving Listening Behaviors

 
Chapter Exercises: Listening Critically

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 5: Analyzing and Adapting to the Audience
Section 5.1 Reach Out to Your Audience

 
Section 5.2 Answer Preliminary Questions

 
Section 5.3 Compose a Demographic Snapshot

 
Section 5.4 Compose a Psychographic Snapshot

 
Section 5.5 Consider the Speaking Situation

 
Section 5.6 Get Information About Your Audience

 
Chapter Exercises: Audience Analysis

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART THREE: Topic and Research
 
Chapter 6: Select a Topic and Purpose
Section 6.1 Formulate a Topic

 
Section 6.2 Formulate General and Specific Purposes

 
Section 6.3 Formulate the Thesis Statement

 
Chapter Exercises: Topic and Purpose

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 7: Finding and Evaluating Research
Section 7.1 Use Primary Research

 
Section 7.2 Gather Secondary Research

 
Section 7.3 Think Critically About Research

 
Section 7.4 Keep a Research Record

 
Chapter Exercises: Research

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 8: Integrating Support
Section 8.1 Use Examples

 
Section 8.2 Use Explanations and Descriptions

 
Section 8.3 Use Definitions

 
Section 8.4 Use Analogies

 
Section 8.5 Use Statistics

 
Section 8.6 Use Testimony

 
Section 8.7 Citing Sources in Your Speech

 
Chapter Exercises: Support

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART FOUR: Organize and Outline
 
Chapter 9: Organizing Your Speech
Section 9.1 Understand Speech Organization

 
Section 9.2 Use Linear Organizational Formats

 
Section 9.3 Use Configural Formats

 
Chapter Exercises: Organization

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 10: Outlining Your Speech
Section 10.1 Create an Outline That Works for You

 
Section 10.2 Make Your Speech Seamless

 
Section 10.3 Practice Speaking With Your Outline

 
Chapter Exercises: Outlining

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART FIVE: Present Your Speech
 
Chapter 11: Introducing Your Speech
Section 11.1 Get Your Audience’s Attention

 
Section 11.2 Build Your Credibility

 
Section 11.3 Preview the Big Ideas

 
Section 11.4 Avoid These Common Introductory Bloopers

 
Chapter Exercises: The Introduction

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 12: Concluding Your Speech
Section 12.1 End Strong

 
Section 12.2 Avoid These Common Concluding Pitfalls

 
Chapter Exercises: The Conclusion

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 13: Wording the Speech
Section 13.1 Understand How Words Work

 
Section 13.2 Use Words to Connect

 
Section 13.3 Consider Your Audience

 
Section 13.4 Be Strategic

 
Section 13.5 Use Oral Style

 
Chapter Exercises: Word Matters

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 14: Styles of Delivery
Section 14.1 Choose a Delivery Mode

 
Section 14.2 Plan and Practice

 
Section 14.3 Avoid Common Delivery Bloopers

 
Chapter Exercises: Delivery

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 15: The Speaker’s Voice
Section 15.1 Control the Sound of Your Speech

 
Section 15.2 Pitch Your Voice Properly

 
Section 15.3 Adjust Volume

 
Section 15.4 Regulate Rate

 
Section 15.5 Pay Attention to Articulation and Pronunciation

 
Section 15.6 Be Aware of Dialects and Regionalisms

 
Chapter Exercises: Using Your Voice

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 16: Physical Aspects of Delivery
Section 16.1 Approach the Audience With Confidence

 
Section 16.2 Make the Most of the Speaker’s Setting

 
Section 16.3 Coordinate Your Body Language With Your Words

 
Chapter Exercises: Using Your Body

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 17: Using Presentation Aids
Section 17.1 Use Presentation Aids Strategically

 
Section 17.2 Know How to Work With Presentation Aids

 
Section 17.3 Select the Best Aids

 
Section 17.4 Be Familiar With Presentation Software

 
Section 17.5 Get the Most From Your Presentation Aids

 
Chapter Exercises: Presentation Aids

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART SIX: Speak to Inform
 
Chapter 18: Speak to Inform
Section 18.1 Speeches About Objects and Ideas

 
Section 18.2 Speeches About Events and People

 
Section 18.3 Speeches About Processes and Procedures

 
Section 18.4 Achieving Informative Speaking Goals

 
Chapter Exercises: Informative Speaking

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART SEVEN: Speak to Persuade
 
Chapter 19: Prepare to Persuade
Section 19.1 We All Practice Persuasion

 
Section 19.2 Goals and Purposes of Persuasive Speech

 
Section 19.3 Categorize and Organize the Persuasive Speech

 
Section 19.4 Understand Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

 
Chapter Exercises: Persuasion Preparation

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 20: Methods of Persuasion
Section 20.1 Varying Viewpoints and Your Target Audience

 
Section 20.2 Build Persuasive Credibility

 
Section 20.3 Use Evidence

 
Section 20.4 Make Inferences

 
Section 20.5 Appeal to Reason

 
Section 20.6 Arouse Emotions

 
Section 20.7 Use Three Tenets of Persuasion

 
Section 20.8 Ethical Persuasion: Avoid Fallacies

 
Chapter Exercises: Mastering Methods

 
Recap and Review

 
 
PART EIGHT: Special Topics
 
Chapter 21: Planning and Presenting in Groups
Section 21.1 Working Together

 
Section 21.2 Solving Problems in Groups

 
Section 21.3 Presenting the Group’s Work

 
Section 21.4 Assess Your Group’s Development

 
Chapter Exercises: Planning and Presenting in a Group

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 22: Special Occasion Speeches
Section 22.1 Goals and Functions of Special Occasion Speeches

 
Section 22.2 Types of Ceremonial Speeches

 
Section 22.3 The Speech of Introduction

 
Section 22.4 The Speech of Presentation

 
Section 22.5 The Speech of Acceptance

 
Section 22.6 The Commencement Address

 
Section 22.7 The Keynote Address

 
Section 22.8 The Speech of Tribute

 
Section 22.9 The Eulogy

 
Section 22.10 The After-Dinner Speech

 
Chapter Exercises: Speaking on Special Occasions

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 23: Business and Professional Speaking
Section 23.1 First, Get the Job: How to Handle a Job Interview

 
Section 23.2 Speaking in a Meeting

 
Section 23.3 The Pitch

 
Section 23.4 Briefings and Reports

 
Section 23.5 The Training Session

 
Chapter Exercises: Speaking on the Job

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 24: Storytelling
Section 24.1 Discover Your Inner Storyteller

 
Section 24.2 Use Language to Connect

 
Chapter Exercises: Storytelling

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 25: Speaking in College Courses
Section 25.1 Presenting Across the Curriculum

 
Section 25.2 Speaking Assignments in Every Course

 
Chapter Exercises: Speaking Across the Curriculum

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 26: Presenting Online
Section 26.1 The Technological Difference

 
Section 26.2 Formats for Online Presentations

 
Section 26.3 Online Platforms for Presenting

 
Chapter Exercises: Presenting Online

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Chapter 27: Answering Questions
Section 27.1 The Timing of the Q&A Session

 
Section 27.2 Managing the Q&A

 
Chapter Exercises: The Questionand- Answer Session

 
Recap and Review

 
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

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“Gamble and Gamble’s Playbook is an incredibly thorough overview of the public speaking process.”

Paul T.M. Hemenway
Lamar University

“The concept from Gamble and Gamble of presenting classroom material in a manner that many students are familiar with, a playbook, makes it stand out in the field. When students are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start on choosing a topic, choosing an organizational structure, finding research, my go-to answer is to check the playbook – there’s a section on that problem. It’s not a textbook to be read, memorized for a quiz – then put aside – it is there for the full “season” as a playbook.”

Brigit K. Talkington
Midland University

 “Eminently teachable because of its uncomplicated and jargon-free approach to Public Speaking”

Satish Kolluri
Pace University

“No other playbook is needed. SAGE’s “Public Speaking Playbook” is the perfect tool to help students."

Kristyn Hunt Cathey
Lamar University

"A useful textbook for speech that covers several topics you don’t normally find covered in detail like language usage and also has great exercises for in class activities."

Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles
Adrian College

It was decided that this is the best textbook for an online class.

Professor Catherine Mantle
Communication, Grantham University
June 13, 2017
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • Streamlined so students quickly reach the “how-to” of the learning modules, the text allows students to receive the essentials they need to work independently and collaboratively in preparing, rehearsing, and presenting a speech.
  • New student speeches and updated examples coach students on how to prepare, practice, and present speeches for diverse audiences of varying sizes in an array of forums—from classroom to community centers, from organizational to public venues, and from face-to-face settings to online presentations.
  • A wider playbook analogy is woven throughout the textbook, demonstrating to students how practicing and executing the exercises take the fear out of public speaking and free up time to share their interests, knowledge, passions, and concerns with others.
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KEY FEATURES

  • Provides a play-by-play guide to presentations using a coaching theme to encourage the speaker to practice regularly in order to build skills and speak at peak ability
  • Streamlined chapters provide a detailed guide for mastering public speaking by breaking down the topical coverage into brief skill-building learning modules
  • Empowers students to manage speech anxiety, build confidence, and prepare for their first speech from the start by covering the fundamentals of speech preparation and delivery in the first two chapters
  • 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 the speaker with inspiring quotes and practical advice. 
  • Annotated speech exercises promote deeper understanding of effective speech construction through review and critique.
  • Organized for quick reference and step-by-step instruction with color-coded tabs to help students find guidance quickly for every stage of the speechmaking process.
  • Infused with relevant coverage of real-world public speaking issues from using technology to deliver speeches or conduct research to engaging audiences ethically and with respect for diversity.

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