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ISBN-13: 978-0312642860 ISBN-10: 0312642865 Edition: Fifth Edition

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  • Series: Speaker's Guidebook (Book 9780312642860)
  • Plastic Comb: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Fifth Edition edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312642865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312642860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.
 
ROB STEWART is senior vice provost and professor of communication studies at Texas Tech University. He is coauthor of A Speaker's Guidebook, Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices and has also published over 30 articles and book chapters.
 
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, Public Speaking: Challenges and Choices and other successful college texts. She heads her own communication firm, Hedgehog Productions.

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Pages also tear very easily.
Nicole
This a Fantastic Book for Public Speaking Book Knowledge- That when well studied will give anybody the tools to be a good speaker!
Jerry
The book it self is very easy to read, it is in chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on February 14, 2013
Format: Plastic Comb Verified Purchase
I felt that some of the ideas in the guidebook were so elementary that I really didn't need to buy the book at all. I knew all of the strategies and speaking traits that it told me, so I kind of just bought it because my teacher told me I had to. This could be good for someone who has never had a Speech class and is definitely not a public speaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Tanaka on January 28, 2013
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The amazing part about this book is not just the price. It is not even binded. What I mean is, it's a thick pamphlet, not a textbook in the general sense of the term. Binding of course costs money. But trust me they did not pass the savings on to you. If you buy this "book" at your bookstore in school it costs $64.50 USED. I am not kidding.
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By Yas.S on October 30, 2014
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I gave this guidebook five stars because it helped me with self confidence. I had bought the speaker's guidebook for my Speech class tin my first year of high school. I remember on my first day of college in my speech class I had to stand up and introduce myself to everyone and I was the shyest person in the class. When I started reading the speaker's guide almost every night about self confidence it did give me hope in myself to overcome the anxiety that I had while speaking in front of people. It is easy to read this guidebook and I understood it. The chapters are in segments, step by step to giving a great speech. Over time you should be seeing results in yourself and progress you are making because of the guidebook and be comfortable.
The guidebook is light and compared to a textbook it is small so it could fit in your book bag without breaking your back. Also the pricing wouldn't break your bank, at my school's bookstore it was more expensive there than here (in Amazon). The book it self is very easy to read, it is in chapters. Mostly the chapters are about over coming fears of speaking in front of people, what help me the most is making eye contact and having confidence in myself. By the last speech I had to give, I noticed that I could get up and speak in front of the class without being nervous. This guidebook, guides you through all the steps to over come your fears. It is normal to be nervous, based on my experience this guidebook helped me with gain confidence and is cheaper than other guidebooks compared to it. If you are going into college for the first time and your professor recommends the book I give a two thumbs up of taking the time to read it and to see yourself grow through out time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Rojas on February 3, 2014
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Bought this for a college class, and everything I needed was right inside. Easy enough to follow and understand. Recommend.
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By Derek Joniak on December 27, 2012
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I buy all my college books in the hopes of selling them back at the end of the semester. I find I save more money doing it that way. I got this book my freshman year for college, and it's one of the few that I haven't sold back, because it's that good. Anytime I have a major speech, presentation, or talk to give I find myself looking over the guidebook, and finding hints, and tips that sometimes we overlook. This may be a required book for your class, but it's one of the few that I would grab even without the requirement, a must read for any college bound student.
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I was never big on my speech class. I took it as an elective, essentially a filler class, so I wasn't particularly excited for it. However, this book gets the job done as far as texts are concerned. The book is formatted in a very straightforward topical manner. It provides more than enough sample speeches to give a good understanding to the reader. Its main weakness is the comb binding, which is forever annoying.

If you are a professor evaluating texts for your speech courses, I recommend this one.
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By N D T on March 24, 2014
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The book is well formatted and put together. I love the way you can type notes, and roam through page and chapters with breeze. It's also very informative.
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By Daisy on February 20, 2014
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Great book. I use it for class. Was not really that mistreated. And it was cheap. I say it was a pretty good deal
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