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1: Introduction to Public Speaking

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    • 1.1: What is Public Speaking?
      What do we mean by “public speaking?” The most obvious answer is “talking in front of a group of people.” For the purposes of this class and this book, public speaking is more formal than that. Public speaking is an organized, face-to-face, prepared, intentional (purposeful) attempt to inform, entertain, or persuade a group of people (usually five or more) through words, physical delivery, and (at times) visual or audio aids. In almost all cases, the speaker is the focus of attention for a speci
    • 1.2: The Value of Public Speaking in Your Life
      The USAToday College website states, a public speaking course can help you be a better, more informed and critical listener; it can “encourage you to voice your ideas and take advantage of the influence you have;” and it gives you an opportunity to face a major fear you might have in a controlled environment. Finally, the course can attune you to the power of public speaking to change the world. Presentations that lead to changes in laws, policies, leadership, and culture happen every day.
    • 1.3: Speaking Competencies
      What does it mean to be a competent speaker? This page covers 11 essential competencies anyone who wants to be good in public speaking will have to master.
    • 1.4: Other Resources and Chapter Activities
      Students and faculty can find additional resources and learning activities to supplement the chapter's reading material.


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