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For example, the reader can use the contents to navigate to any sub-section, but once you reach the end of the page, you must select the contents button at the top again to move forward, or, even less intuitive initially, the reader can advance through the content by selecting the next arrow at the bottom right of the page.

This is a bit cumbersome, but not too difficult to work with. It would be better if that content tab were locked at the top of the screen while the reader scrolls down to read. The text contains a number of minor errors including typos and misspellings. These errors include a number of misspelled names such as George in one place and Geogre in another. Other specific misspellings and typos include but aren't limited to: Atrocitties, Publiclly, noisef, Suprisingly, condominium, opporutunity, Settiing, Aloting, Bilbiography.

It could also be a stylistic choice the author made including how commas, dashes and hyphens are used, or more accurately, not incorporated. Examples include using words not identified in a standard dictionary such as nonuseful and nonoffensive. The text lacks commas after most introductory elements or between clauses and phrases consistently through the text. Cultural references were appropriate and up-to-date from my perspective. Images appear to be varied and diverse to make all readers feel represented. When discussing audience diversity, the inclusion of the word chrono-centric surprised and delighted me.

Overall, this OER text is excellent and I will be using it! It's ahead of its time given that it was written in What I like most is that it provides meaningful content in concise chunks, an approach that seems best-suited to my students these days. The text guides readers through the speech The text guides readers through the speech process, noting the role of both speakers and audiences.

While I did not find a glossary or index, the table of contents is detailed and helps with navigating through the text. The content is up-to-date and includes examples and activities to help bring in new, relevant material.

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I suspect any future necessary updates will be 'relatively easy and straightforward to implement'. The text provides a breakdown of key terms and concepts. The information is clear for college students to follow. I did not note any inconsistencies in the text.

The table of contents in broken into subsections, given users the ability to re-organize the material to fit their course design. Topics follow a logical order. However, as noted above, the organization and presentation of the book provides users with the opportunity to move things around to fit the course. In addition as noted above the organization of the Table of Contents is very user friendly. Overall, the interface of the text is clear and user-friendly. The table of contents to the side with appropriate links and redirects to different pages seems like it would be very useful for students moving through an online text.

I did notice a link that didn't work White House source, section 1. It is also helpful that users have the option to make text larger. Some of the images were a tad confusing. Perhaps captions would help. For example, there's a puzzle with missing piece for section Is this because 'conclusion is the final puzzle piece in the speech'?

I assume so, but students may question the relevancy of some photos. I was also unclear on the reference style used. The references appear to be in APA but direct quotes do not include a page or paragraph number with the parenthetical citations. This may be confusing for students who are expected to learn and use APA. Lastly, I think it is great that the book is offered in various formats. The text was very complete and covered the essentials for a basic introductory course in public speaking. Giving students a solid base in delivery is a key to giving confidence to beginning speakers, and this text covers the essentials in clear Giving students a solid base in delivery is a key to giving confidence to beginning speakers, and this text covers the essentials in clear and concise language.

I particularly liked the sections on explaining the pros and cons of different speaking formats. End of chapter exercises were nicely done. I missed a glossary. The text reflects standard methods of teaching public speaking. Although technology changes, the basic precepts of instruction are adequate and the chapter on research can be easily supplemented to update as needed. The language is appropriate for beginning speakers. It is clear, concise, casual and avoids overusing passive voice. Language is consistent and in spite of including multiple authors, is seamless. Terminology and framework is reflective of standard textbooks.

I like to start students speaking early in a course, but this book places relevant information closer to the end of the text. That isn't really a problem as chapter readings can be assigned in any order, and I suppose instructors differ on the best way to teach students. My personal preference would be more integrated materials - the appendices could easily be integrated into chapter sub-topics. Good section on audience analysis, but I would like to see more emphasis on inclusiveness and cultural sensitivity.

Overall, I thought it was a good, basic book that will work well for any beginning public speaking class. I was very happy to see the chapter on ethics and thought the end of chapter exercises for that section were quite appropriate. I also liked the explanation of the different speaking formats.

Using pyramids as a visual reinforced the foundational nature of the text. The only thing lacking from the book is a good foundation and introduction to the classical study of rhetoric from which contemporary public speaking practice draws. The text uses some outdated terminology and examples, and demonstrates bias in terms of representation mostly images of white males, few examples of contemporary speakers who diversify the visual representation.

On the whole, though, the content is not overtly objectionable and shortcomings could be acknowledged or discussed in class. The structure of the text affords a lot of chapter coverage to material that will not need frequent updating.

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Given the level of detail in the chapters, though, deciding what needs to be updated where might be challenging. Clear writing but a far cry from compelling, especially for a course that introduces students to elements of style. I felt this was one of its strengths. There was a lot of useful repetition and high degrees of internal consistency. I liked the searchable digital PDF version and did not preview other versions of the text. It is suitable for my purposes. I felt the overview of purposes was unnecessary and feel argumentation needs to be addressed earlier in the text.

I find Stand up, Speak out to be a very comprehensive public speaking textbook. I find no major deficiencies with this work and find it to be very comparable to the major players in popular public speaking texts. I have no real issue with the accuracy of this textbook. Some may have different opinions in regard to the positions and assumptions of the author but this is clearly accurate.

One of my biggest gripes about popular public speaking texts is that many of them are packed with examples that are relevant for that one particular moment in time. In other words, public speaking texts purposely age themselves so that the author can update with new timely examples and sell more copies. This text is nearly void of popular culture references thus allowing the instructor to make those references his or herself.

A textbook for an introductory course should not lose the students. This text presented material in a polished, clear way that helpfully unpacked any jargon or technical language that was used. I question some of their placement of the topics but I would just simply assign the chapters to be read out of order. For instance, the final chapter is preparing students for their first speech. Ideally, they would be covering this early because it is rare to wait until the end of the class to give the first speech.

This small problem that I have can be easily addressed by the instructor. I admittedly do not have a great eye for grammatical errors see all examples of my writing but I found nothing problematic with this text. Overall I enjoyed Stand up, Speak out. It has all of the necessary elements that a basic public speaking text should have. It is well written and has made me reconsider these open source texts.

Although the comprehensiveness of this textbook might be a barrier to some students, and although the market appears to be trending towards minimalist textbooks, the comprehensiveness of this textbook is one of its strongest points.

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Many commercial textbooks appear to take a "lean and mean" approach to the subject in terms of small chapters, efficient textual information, colorful stock art, and online subscription models. I think an apt comparison would be with "throwaway fashion trends. In fact, I've used this book as a reference to supplement commercial textbooks. For example, I believe that the section on Using Notes Effectively I take off a point because the book lacks a glossary, index, or a listing of key terms at the start or end of chapters.

Moreover, I could easily see how some students might get lost due to the comprehensive and substantive nature of the text. Nonetheless, clearly-labeled learning objectives and exercises should provide some guidance for students and instructors. Although this textbook generally provides a standard account, you might issue with liberties taken with traditional approaches. Content is, for the most part, accurate. Concepts are grounded in relevant research literature, and a variety of examples are used to illustrate these concepts.

I don't detect any unfair biases. However, you are likely to find some odd, though minor, deviations. For example, I find issue with how the book models outline symbolization. In this text, subordinate points are listed as Arabic numerals 1. Although that might not bother those unwed to tradition, I'm not sure why the change is an improvement. You'll also notice that Main Point II of the sample outline pp. Finally, the textbook should correctly model assignments. I would also like to know why APA references are not formatted with hanging indent.

Ultimately, I think these are issues that should be addressed in the next installment. Textbooks on public speaking tend to lag when it comes to technological advances and current events such popularization of "fake news" and conspiracies. Research librarians have developed new guidelines on evaluating the quality of sources, and I hope future updates will incorporate this research. Nevertheless, I find that many principles of public speaking are timeless, and this book does an adequate job of establishing and explaining the importance of such principles.

I often find myself building off of these principles to introduce new developments. I appreciate that the text establishes expectations of intellectual rigor. The text offers a substantive, comprehensive account of public speaking balanced by a casual tone. Chapters are clearly organized. Key concepts are in bold, and examples are of sufficient quality and quantity. I find the tone and style to be consistent throughout the text, which is often a problem with open-source public speaking texts.

I generally find the textbook to be well organized with chapters broken down into key sub-topics. I find no issue with the organization of the book. It is organized in a logical fashion, and the modularity of the text enables you to organize the sequence of materials as you desire. I do wonder what purpose the appendixes serve. Why not include them in the chapters? I find no issue with the interface of the digital pdf. The hyperlinks to various chapters and sub-sections appear to work, and I can generally navigate the text with minimal effort using the search function. I've also found issue with APA formatting, in model student materials and in end-of-chapter references.

Students find APA style challenging enough as it is, and the textbook's errant ways will only introduce more confusion. As a prior review has mentioned, public speaking is grounded in the western tradition. This book is grounded in that tradition, for better and for worse. There is no explicit chapter on intercultural communication. Important concepts related to culture and diversity are embedded in discussions of audience analysis, ethics, and language choice among other areas. For a public speaking class, I prefer the embedded approach because it develops a sense of inclusion and diversity as practice.

Much has happened over the past two years with respect to diversity and inclusion, so instructors might wish to supplement materials to account for developments. Although I do find issue with how the book covers some issues, I generally believe that the book offers a comprehensive account of the subject. It is well organized and written in an accessible style. There is nothing lacking in this online resource. The textbook is set in a timeless fashion, without reference to current pop culture that might fade over time, as are other textbooks available.

Therefore, this one will stand the test of time. The format of the book's verbiage consistently presents information to the student in a way that is parsed and absorbed easily. Headlines and sub-headlines add to this easy. Easily, this textbook can be referenced in whole, or in partiality. As an educator, I appreciated the practical layout of each chapter, as well as with the collection of chapters that flow naturally and logically, sure to enhance student learning. The book covers every necessary aspect that students need to know for an introductory public speaking course.

Not a heavy emphasis on a rhetorical approach to public speaking but I think that is ok for an introductory class who may not fully understand the rhetorical tradition. The book is consistent with other public speaking textbooks and uses consistent language throughout. Organizationally, the book reads well and seems to chronologically follow the speechmaking process.

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Text is not insensitive or offensive though is written from an implied Western framework that privileges American expectations in effective public speaking--not a detriment to the book, just an observation. This text has everything you'd expect in an introduction to public speaking book. The authors have done a nice job making sure the content is relevant.

Nothing is significantly dated. The writing and flow of the book is easy to understand and terms are explained well. The visual aspect of the text also makes it appealing. The book is consistent throughout, with no major issues. Everything is unified in the approach to teach public speaking. All the chapters make sense. They are separated in a similar fashion as most public speaking textbooks. The topics are organized in a similar fashion as most public speaking textbooks. The topics build skills from foundational to more advanced.

This text is not insensitive, but it does approach public speaking in a very ethnocentric way. American academia is rooted in whiteness and so is it's traditions. The textbook is appropriate for introduction courses because it is similar to what most textbooks offer. The text covers all areas and ideas that are typically discussed in an introduction to public speaking book. However, the textbook is missing an index or glossary of terms that would be important for students to refer to and learn from, either However, the textbook is missing an index or glossary of terms that would be important for students to refer to and learn from, either placed at the beginning or end of each chapter or at the end of the textbook.

Also, in my printed version of the text, the table of contents states that there should be appendices at the end of the book. However, there were none located at the end of my printed version of the text. The book is accurate in its explanation of relevant course content on the fundamentals of public speaking. The author provides a wide variety of examples from many different cultural sources. The content is up-to-date. Other then maybe sharing more popular or widely known examples, content in public speaking textbooks does not dramatically change. The text is accessible for all reading levels.

The only drawback I noticed in the textbook is the lack of citing enough or any references as in-text citations throughout the chapter or at the end of the chapter. It is typical to see more direct citations from ancient and modern rhetoric and communication sources listed throughout the chapters of public speaking textbooks. This task also reinforces to students the importance of conducting research and properly citing sources. The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework that is standard for a textbook on public speaking.

The text is easily presented into smaller reading sections that may help students retain information. However, in comparison to other public speaking textbooks, I think that having some of the smaller reading sections in the textbook makes it too choppy. I would prefer to view a more continuous stream of thought on some of the topics in some of the chapters with listed subheadings of course, as I have seen done more effectively in other public speaking textbooks.

The topics follow the typical arrangement of course content on public speaking for this kind of text. The topics provide a natural progression for students learning about speech preparation. The printed version of this textbook does not contain any page numbers. Page numbers are only listed in the table of contents in the printed version. The lack of page numbers in the printed version would make it very hard for an instructor to use during class time.

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It would make it nearly impossible to direct students toward certain page numbers for course content and examples. As previously stated, the textbook uses a variety of cultural examples of public speaking situations. The only drawback that I notice is that the examples are not famous or popular ones that students might relate to more when reading the book. In other public speaking textbooks, I tend to see copyrighted examples of really popular public speakers - such as from national politicians or entertainers, etc. However, I understand that it might cost more to acquire the rights to those really popular public speaking examples.

The biggest drawbacks included not enough listed references, no listed glossary of key terms, no listed page numbers in the printed copy of the text, and a lack of popular examples from public speeches. Other than those areas, I think a reader would be more engaged with reading a textbook with more eye catching, fancier headings and other aesthetics, including more images, graphics, and charts to further explain key concepts. This book was very easy to understand and comprehend.

I plan on using this with my peer education group who has to do public speaking. This text was perfect in covering the basics and giving them a good foundation. The book was accurate and up to date. I like that the information was supported by research and examples. The basics of public speaking were covered here and relevant examples were used. I feel it would have to be updated regularly to keep it up to date but that can easily be done with current examples. The book seemed straight forward, relevant and to the point and covered all of the basics I would expect it to cover.

I like that it clearly discusses issues around plagiarism and freedom of speech and was divided into 4 clear areas. In this day of political turmoil I feel it is helpful for speech writing and also having thoughtful, meaningful challenging conversations. The book was consistent in format and layout and was the framework was laid out with objectives and references which I think is important. I did not see any issues with the layout. I like how the information was presented and repeated for comprehension. I liked objectives were clearly laid out and there was a table of contents that organized everything nicely.

I really enjoyed the layout of this and flow throughout the book. I think it would be easy to assign students sections of this book although it is difficult to navigate to sections without going through the entire book. I like that it starts students at the beginning gaining confidence, considering audience d then creating and delivering the speech.

I would have also liked to see something on seeking and accepting feedback and journaling the experience at the end. I liked the way the chapters were laid out and organized. It is difficult to find a particular section without going through the entire book. I would like to see clickable tabs on the side that would take you to where you need to go rather than just the errors to the next section.

I liked the visual features and the tips it offered. Some of the links did not work which was frustrating especially if students want to get more information. I liked how it provided objectives at he start of the chapter and a review of the info. I would have liked to see more on this area. I do feel it was a little weak in this area and would recommend adding something around mention of privilege and presenting to communities you are not a part of and being culturally aware and sensitive and using inclusive language is important.

I would have liked to see more on preparing for controversy at the conclusion and responding to difficult questions. Overall I feel this text did a fantastic job at covering the basics and I am considering using this text with my peer educators. Stand Up, Speak Out covers public speaking effectively, providing clear explanations of the content. As the title says, both the practical and ethical aspects are included. The sections on audience-centered speech design, research, and evaluation The sections on audience-centered speech design, research, and evaluation of sources are especially thorough.

One area that some instructors may expect, but will not find, is the history of public speaking; fortunately that could be supplemented easily with material from other sources. The content is presented fairly and accurately. Examples within the text show a broad range of contexts and applications for public speaking. The visual components of the text vividly enhance reader understanding. Two of the images in Chapter 15 do not match the correlating text, but otherwise the figures are well chosen and explained. Much in public speaking stays the same over the years, but this text emphasizes the relevance of the field and the related skills in the 21st century.

Throughout the text examples draw from current affairs and social media, as well as from contemporary students. As the text ages, these examples may need to be updated since many are from before The text excels in clarity and ease of reading. Key words are shown in blue letters and are explained within the text itself. A glossary or lists of key words by chapter would be useful and eventually may be available through the shared supplemental materials. The structure is consistent throughout. Headings are in bold and are clearly spaced. The inclusion of learning objectives at the beginning of each section and of the coordinating key takeaways at the end reinforce the focus of the section.

The division of the chapters and sections would make it easy to assign them according to a variety of schemes. A different organization of the text would not detract from its cohesive feel. When a concept is referred to in a later section, a reference to the previous coverage of it is given. However, more such references could be given in earlier sections to highlight that further coverage of certain concepts is available in another section.

For example, Chapter 9 refers to Chapter 6, but 6 does not refer to 9. In short, more cross-text references would be welcome. Even though the chapters and sections could be assigned in varied orders, the overall organization of the text is coherent and cohesive. It matches common structures of public speaking texts, moving from foundational topics to speech design and delivery, and then to types of speeches. Readers can navigate the text smoothly from one part to another using the pull-down table of contents.

Images display nicely online and look the same in the PDF version. I did not try the mobile versions but would expect them to work well, too. The images and examples in the text provide diversity. Although I currently use the online Public Speaking Project textbook and find it effective, I would be likely to try Stand Up, Speak Out because it is a bit more streamlined.

This text addresses key concepts appropriate for an introductory level public speaking course. The content is extensive and larger courses may not have the time to address all of the material included. It would be nice to see more coverage about It would be nice to see more coverage about how to effectively present in group contexts. No glossary, but the online search function is user friendly.

Coverage of ethics in public speaking would create opportunities for class discussions. The content appears to be up to date, though some of the examples may require more context in the future. Terms are used consistently and in an accessible format. The end of chapter exercises allow students to reflect on the content learned in each chapter. The text is presented in a way that would make it easily adaptable to different course structures or schedules. The content does not rely on being presented in a specific order. The structure of the content in the text is logical.

Presenting the introduction, body, and conclusion content in separate chapters allows for more time to focus on each rather than having them lumped together. The text is easily searchable for terms both online and in PDF format. The online version makes moving between chapters easy with the navigation menu. The text does not appear overtly culturally insensitive. Given the emphasis on speaker ethics, this makes sense. The outlining section could offer more examples, but overall this is a solid introduction to public speaking textbook. This is the BEST public speaking book on the market.

It covers every major and essential aspect of public speaking. The book provides several examples that help make the public speaking easier to comprehend and retain. The information is straightforward and very relatable. The author s do a great job confining and reiterating information so that students can truly learn the information.


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The organization of this book is logical, straightforward, and clear. I love how this book is organized. It helps making a speech easier and effective. This book is perfect for all classes on public speaking. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I've reviewed a lot of public speaking textbooks in my career.

This book is by far the most thorough and most comprehensive books on public speaking. My students truly enjoy learning from this book. And I adore using this book to teach public speaking. If instructors need a public speaking textbook, then they should definitely use this book. I would require it for all my public speaking courses. The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately, some with more originality than others.

The ethics approach is interesting, and provides for many discussion starting points. The practical how-tos speaking anxiety, visual aids, The practical how-tos speaking anxiety, visual aids, etc. The book basically perpetuates the known facts and information regarding public speaking. It's not particularly culturally relevant, so take that as you will. The information is straight forward and user friendly. SO clear! The examples are especially clear. The progression of ideas make sense, moving from a general conceptual framework in the early chapters to more specific applications later on.

Terms were consistently defined and used. As mentioned above, the structure was logical. I won't have to mis up chapters on my syllabus, which is nice. It's not insensitive or unethical haha! It's not particularly "culturally relevant" in the examples it uses, but If this question is asking about its accessibility its perfectly adequate.

I like it! Puts a different spin on public speaking for an intro class, and definitely worth pulling from. Particularly excellent are the discussions of ethics especially Particularly excellent are the discussions of ethics especially plagiarism issues , listening critically, and audience analysis. Also good are the sections on how to select a speech topic and purpose, research and citing sources, developing main points and supporting evidence, common organization patterns and outlining techniques, and constructing arguments.

Practice, delivery, presentation aids--all of the topics common to college public speaking courses are included in sufficient detail to make this a very useful text. The section on communication anxiety and how to address it is unremarkable in that it covers similar terrain to most other public speaking texts without shedding new light on the subject. It will nevertheless be useful for many students. The text has no glossary or index; however the table of contents is interactive and easily accessible from any page, making it easy to hunt down topics of interest.

There is an effective search tool as well. The authors write with precision about all aspects of the public speaking process. They explain concepts clearly, and provide excellent historical and contemporary illustrations. They are meticulous about citing sources. Claims and supporting material appear to be accurate and carefully considered.

Although the text was originally published in , at no time does the content seem to be out of date or irrelevant to our current political or social climate. Because many of the conceptual illustrations are drawn from history, they have a timeless quality. But even the more recent examples will remain useful to speech students for some time, such as a reference to the debate over the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of changes that may be made in our health care laws, the authors' point should still be relevant for the foreseeable future. In a number of instances, the authors make effective use of academic forecasts which should continue to have relevance for the foreseeable future.

Following is one example, found in section 1. Edmund estimates that by the amount of knowledge in the world will double every seventy-three days Edmund, Because we live in a world where we are overwhelmed with content, communicating information in a way that is accessible to others is more important today than ever before. The text is engaging because of the use of specific and highly relevant examples, word precision, and the use of direct language to draw in the reader e.

The authors have a highly organized style, making frequent use of previews, transitions, and summaries to maintain reader focus. Terminology is explained clearly and rendered useful through the use of examples that the student reader should be able to relate to. Also, the authors appear to have many years of experience behind this, and to have given careful thought to some of areas that often can be quite confusing to inexperienced student speakers. For example, their discussion of speech purposes in section 6.

To some, this may seem a minor point, but it can actually lead to significant problems in speech focus and preparation. The authors explain this and other many other issues with great clarity. Key terms are used with consistency throughout the text. Chapter headings are clear, and so are subheadings. Most of the sections of this text can be used as standalone readings. The sections are self-explanatory enough that it should be easy for an instructor to re-order the topics as needed. Students who have a particular need to know should be able to zero in on a topic of interest without reading everything that came before it.

This text, without a doubt, will work in a modular fashion if that is needed. While the authors do make use of cross references to other sections of the text, these are primarily provided to make it easy to check back and forth using the hyperlinks which are included. Most readers will appreciate this feature. The first five chapters address general principles of public speaking such as the overall speech process, ethics, audience analysis, and managing anxiety. Later chapters take these principles and apply them more specifically, zeroing in on how to identify an appropriate topic, how to develop an audience-appropriate focus specific purpose , how to conduct research, etc.

These later chapters furnish excellent examples from student speeches—of purpose and thesis statements, introductions, bodies, conclusions, etc. Many hyperlinks to videos and audios are also furnished for further illustration. This was an easy-to-use online text. Finding terms using the search tool was a breeze; the sidebar table of contents, found on each page, is very helpful. Most—though not all—of the hyperlinks work.

Illustrations are attractive and appropriate, though not particularly imaginative many appear to be public domain clip art. One minor font issue concerns key words which are highlighted in blue—the same as hyperlinks. Another minor issue involves the subheadings. Because all the subheadings use the same font and point size, this can lead to confusion over what topic is being addressed, slowing down comprehension.

At no time does this text use any language that I would question. Numerous examples are given featuring different races, religions, ethnicities, etc. As they state in section 5. For example, people in German American and Italian American families have widely different sets of values and practices, yet others may not be able to differentiate members of these groups. Differences are what make each group interesting and are important sources of knowledge, perspectives, and creativity.

The authors include some excellent discussion questions at the end of each section, as well as chapter activities and short assessments. These should provide excellent opportunities for partner, small group, and whole class investigations and discussions. Also provided are frequent checklists to help students assess their own progress. One section I was particularly glad to see—section 6.

This section offers numerous helpful strategies for getting these students on the right track. The book covered all of the areas associated with the subject matter. This was a major strength of the book. I did not see a glossary. I don't think that the book was biased as was accurate. I think other professional speakers may differ on a few points. This book is very clear. It presents information, provides practical examples, and provides good reviews. The writing is easy to follow. For the most part the is consistent with the information it provides.

There was, what I consider, some differentiation regarding the topic of memorizing speeches. This book did an excellent job dividing topics into sections and sub sections. It was divided appropriately and systematically. The flow of the book and the structure are very good. The organization likely works well with students, however some of the information seemed to fall later in the book than I would have anticipated.

There were no significant interface issues. The images and other displays were simplistic and colorful. I noticed no grammatical errors. However, I did find it interesting that there was not a space between paragraphs. I also noticed a few other spacing issues. This was a very comprehensive book that covered all of the necessary components of public speaking. There were ample opportunities for review and reinforcement. The book was somewhat long and I wonder how it was used along with classroom teaching and if everything gets covered thoroughly. This text is a comprehensive guide to the many aspects of public speaking.

So often to save money for the students, Instructors have relied on a pocket guide style of public speaking book. This is a nice option if you want to include the thorough Information presented in the book is accurate for the most part. A more accurate section on outlining should be included with full sentence, properly formatted sample outlines. That being said, some of the examples are already showing their age — the text included references from , , etc.

I would imagine that it will take some work to make sure the links are all up-to-date throughout the text because they are so numerous. Concepts were clearly defined using clear examples for the reader. The text was easily digestible for a student in a level speech course. The layout of the book was extremely consistent. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with review activities. The sections were arranged in a logical order. The clear division of the chapters makes it easy for the reader to know where concepts begin and end.

It is set up in a way that allows instructors to pick and choose the content in a different order than it is presented. It is also organized in a way that would work if an instructor wanted to work through the material in a sequential order. The parallelism in the chapters is beneficial for the reader as they know when each chapter starts and stops, as well as being able to view outcomes and practice those outcomes at the end of each chapter.

Most of the text was nicely presented. The lack of a reference section as well as the lack of a clickable table of contents in the PDF version made it difficult to navigate — that may have simply been a feature of the PDF version. There are multiple instances of spacing issues throughout the text. I thought the speeches referenced by the text were culturally relevant and diverse. This book would be a great substitute to a traditional public speaking textbook. Although many instructors tend to use the pocket style guides to teach public speaking to keep costs down, those often aren't extensive enough.

The few things that are irksome about this book, such as a lack of clickable navigation on the PDF version and the failure to incude any reasonable outline examples can easily be remedied with supplemental material. It is highly suitable for an introductory It combines the best features of an introductory workbook such as interactive checklists and extended examples with strong features of a textbook. Among the most thorough treatments in this textbook are the ethics features Chapter 2 which are woven throughout the book and concrete suggestions for the implementation of ethical choices in speaking.

In addition, such techniques are not usually undertaken without professional guidance. There is strong treatment of contemporary behavioral theories such as cognitive dissonance, consistency theory, elaboration likelihood model, etc. If you are looking for a textbook that is well grounded in rhetorical principles, this is not it.

In at least one instance p. The historical claim that citizenship was determined by property ownership and that all property owners were prosperous is not credible p. The use of interpersonal research and models as they are adapted to public speaking is useful. Some of this informs the development of purposes for public speaking, models of dialogic communication and principles of critical listening p. To my knowledge this is copyrighted information and the authors are incorrect when they write that it is included in most textbooks.

It is featured only in the Monroe, Ehninger, et al. Permission must be obtained from Routlege to use this model. Other examples and check sheets that ask students to review their hobbies, favorite books, classes, etc. There are many lists which appear to expand the load, but these are usually just checklists of options such as types of introductions or conclusions rather than new ideas.

Often, practices such as informative speaking or types of transition are illustrated in multiple ways which is especially effective for students. The reading level for the textbook is quite low. Most high school and college level students will have very little difficulty with it—sentences are relatively short, vocabulary is not challenging, and sentence structure is straightforward. At other times, however, such as in the discussion of primary and secondary research p. This textbook is both consistent with most other commercial textbooks on the market and internally consistent in its approach to teaching public speaking.

The topics replicate topics covered in most other public speaking textbooks except perhaps if you are looking for more fully developed treatment of argumentation or persuasion or you want to present outlining or demonstration speaking to students. Instructors and students will find this textbook very easy to use as distinct units or as it is presented from beginning to end.

It appears to be very easy to rearrange the chapters without confusing students. In fact, I would personally use several of the later chapters much earlier in the semester and perhaps not use the extensive, although excellent, discussion of special occasion speaking at all. This textbook seems designed for such rearrangement. The template for each chapter is consistent throughout the textbook. There are clearly delineated learning objectives, take-aways, and assessment questions for each chapter.

Headings for chapters and subheadings are clear and easy to navigate. Most commercial textbooks follow a similar formula. Several minor problems interrupt the flow of an otherwise well-organized textbook. For example, the list of librarians and the etiquette for interacting with them is both odd and strangely placed at the beginning of the research chapter p. Students are invited to interact with the textbook through checklists and student-friendly examples. These are well integrated into the development of stages of speech development.

Infrequent diagrams and models provide additional support for concept development. Occasionally, summaries describing how lists of topics such as temporal, spatial etc. The small units with key objectives listed after each one is probably helpful for students. Many public speaking textbooks achieve the appearance of inclusion through illustrations that feature various ethnic groups, individuals using wheelchairs etc.

This textbook does not have that luxury because there are no photographs other than the cover image. There are several examples that also use Native American culture and others. This helps recognize the potential diversity of readers and audiences. However, the most genuine attempt to stress inclusiveness occurs in the discussion of language and audience analysis. This is quite good. This is a solid, low-level textbook that would be appropriate for either advanced high school students or entry-level college students. I love how thoroughly this textbook covers thesis statements.

I think the Chapter Exercises and Key Takeaways are especially useful for this element of a speech's introduction. I find students are often stymied by the differences between thesis I find students are often stymied by the differences between thesis statements and specific purposes, and consequently develop one or the other, but never develop very strong statements. I think it might be more comprehensive to directly deal with the five elements of orienting material rather than simply referring to five or six things that should happen within the introduction.

I did not see either an index or a glossary. Both of these features would be a benefit to this book. Many students rely heavily upon these features with the traditional textbook, most notably when they have not set aside time to complete the assigned readings. I think students' reading habits will transfer to open textbooks, and without an index or glossary, many students will be frustrated and deem the open textbook less helpful, even less user friendly. There is no index or bibliography, so there is no way to determine research accuracy other than your personal knowledge base.

Students do not usually have a very extensive knowledge base. Students might also think because the text does not offer a reference list or bibliography that they do not have to offer one with their work products. Also the chapter on Outlining does not accurately cover outlining principles. The three major sections introduction, body, conclusion are not covered with the four levels Roman numerals, capital letters, Arabic numerals, lowercase letters working within.

Neither does the significance of indentations to the flow and consistency of information that constitutes the message seem to be apparent. I believe the content of the text is up-to-date and will remain so for a while. The fundamentals of public speaking do not readily change. Perhaps rearrangement of chapter order to that more similar to the speech making process might increase relevance. Clarifications of formatting might make technological updates easier to implement, thereby increasing longevity.

The text is understandably written. There is no restricted code that is not defined or explained. All explanations provide clarification suitable for the typical undergraduate.


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  • The text does not consistently use APA's style format. When explaining oral as well as written documentation of sources for student use there seems to be adherence to APA's 6th edition. However the authors' citation of sources does not consistently or correctly offer direct in-text quotations. The citations offered in text are more appropriate for bibliographies and reference pages than chapter content.

    The in-text citations also misuse punctuation and provide some information that does not belong and leaves out other information that does belong. Additionally some citations provide redundant information. Then there is inconsistency with labeling. I found the modularity effective. It seems as though customization would be effortless, particularly with the subheadings provided for each chapter. Plus if I decided to reincorporate some reading I did not assign, it appears as though that would be a naturally easy adaptation. For the most part the layout of the text follows the speech making process.

    It is an easily understandable guide to being effective throughout the process. If the desire is to have the text's information flow as logically as the speech making process does rearranging the chapters so that Outlining follows Finding a Purpose and Selecting a Topic, and Creating the Body of a Speech follows Supporting Ideas and Building Arguments would set up a structure that is more similar to effective design, research, development, and practice of a speech. Navigation is straightforward. Navigation could be more fluid with the addition of a glossary, index, and bibliography.

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    It is refreshing that the embedded Internet links actually work and without additional navigation at a site. You are taken directly to the video, web page, blog entry, etc. More proofreading is needed. There are spacing, typographical, outlining, and grammatical errors. There needs to be some revising and editing in the formatting of the examples, citations, and outlines. Additional proofreading could easily eliminate aspects that instructors will see as distractions and clarify aspects that students may find confusing. I think this text is culturally relevant in ways that matter to both students and instructors.

    Students like examples that connect to their personal lives, media, current events, and entertainment. Offering links to celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, and other news makers engaging in public speaking episodes helps students see how the skills and strategies they are learning are relevant and useful. For instructors I believe the chapter on The Importance of Language will be appreciated. It can be challenging to assist students in using and acknowledging the impact of inclusive language. Instructors' use of this chapter can meaningfully encourage students to say what they mean in ways that engage audience members and have listeners feel included in the message.

    This is a solid textbook. My current institution has just implemented a prescribed traditional textbook for all of its public speaking courses. In our next review of the public speaking course, if the few issues I noted are remedied, I plan on recommending this open textbook for adoption. As I was reading through the text, I considered whether it effectively complemented my lesson plans - and altogether, I feel it succeeded.

    The book goes into great depth in each of its major chapters, and offers students tips on how to tackle The book goes into great depth in each of its major chapters, and offers students tips on how to tackle particular challenges. Altogether, I found the content to be straightforward and sensitive to a range of audiences. The authors are extremely thorough in their use of citations in the online version, but unfortunately some of these do not translate directly into the PDF.

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