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A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking Spiral-bound – November 3, 2009

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ISBN-13: 978-0312554040 ISBN-10: 0312554044 Edition: Third Edition

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DAN O'HAIR is dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies. He is past Presidential Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the National Communication Association.  He is co-author or co-editor of fifteen communication texts and scholarly volumes and has published more than eighty research articles and chapters in dozens of communication, psychology and health journals and books.  He is a frequent presenter at national and international communication conferences, is on the editorial boards of various journals and has served on numerous committees and task forces for regional and national communication associations.

HANNAH RUBENSTEIN is a writer and editor who has used her academic training in communication (M.A., Fairfield University) to guide her collaborations on A Speaker's Guidebook (2010), Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices (1999) and other successful college texts. She heads her own communication firm, Hedgehog Productions.

ROB STEWART is an associate dean of arts and sciences and professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University. He is coauthor of A Speaker's Guidebook (2010), Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices (1999) and has also published over 30 articles and book chapters.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Third Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312554044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312554040
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on March 26, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
The word is that people fear public speaking more than they fear dying, so this book is for any of those people. These tips help get anyone ready to not only get over their fear of speaking, but to command audiences. There are excellent tips for giving a presentation and using PowerPoint. Being able to master these two can give anyone a one-two knock out punch for public speaking.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl S. Holcomb on February 12, 2007
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This book was very helpful to use when preparing speeches for an oral communications class. The chapters were organzied effectively and it had everything you need to know about organization and presentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Thach on September 7, 2009
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It's a really good book for those who want to improve their speaking skills and over come it's fears.
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If you have doubts about doing a successful speech or even for giving a presentation whether for class, work, or some event I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS. I have read this book in its entirety several times over and over, it is an absolutely FABULOUS little guide thats EXTREMELY HELPFUL. It contains chapters on building an outline for persuasive or even informational presentations, has hints on combating anxiety, and sample outlines to help you on your way. I used it for school having to conduct an informative speech on communication apprehension and then for my senior capstone presentation to an audience of professionals, in both instances I got an 'A'. I LOVE THIS BOOK, TRUST ME YOU WILL TO!
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To be honest, I was very intimidated with the size of the book. My impression of this book was "what can this book cover on public speaking?" But I was wrong.
It is the first time for me to take up public speaking and having this book was a requirement. Upon reading it, it filled me with great knowledge on public speaking.
Concise, brief, and an absolute fun to read! Sometimes, I forgot it's actually a textbook.
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My book came brandnew in the packaging with not a mark on it. It came on time, early even I believe which was nice because the book is for a college class and it was nice to not have to stress over it getting here. I feel very confident ordering from this seller again. I was pleased in absolutely every way. Thank you
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Took a speech class and this was the textbook. The teacher said she used this book becuase it was a great book and great for a reference down the road, plus it was cheap! I can respect an instructor like that. This book is great and I am keeping this one for reference down the road.
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By Changing123 on January 4, 2013
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This book gave me the confidence I needed to become a better speaker. Prior to purchasing the book, I had one national speaking engagement. After reading this book, I made the decision to join a 'professional speaking' club. I'd like to thank the authors of the text.
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