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Ch 2: Critical Thinking & Public Speaking

About This Chapter

The Critical Thinking and Public Speaking chapter of this Public Speaking Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the role of critical thinking in public speaking. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of critical thinking and public speaking.

Who's It For:

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the role of critical thinking in public speaking material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn the importance of critical thinking in public speaking. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the role of critical thinking in public speaking
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning public speaking (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about critical thinking and public speaking
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra public speaking learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Critical Thinking and Public Speaking chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Critical Thinking and Public Speaking chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about critical thinking and public speaking. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a critical thinking unit of a standard public speaking course. Topics covered include:

  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Recognizing and avoiding logical fallacies
  • Selective Exposure Theory
  • Importance of ethos, pathos and logos in public speaking

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Critical Thinking & Public Speaking
The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

1. The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Inductive and deductive reasoning are often confused. This lesson introduces the concept of reasoning and gives you tips and tricks to keeping inductive and deductive reasoning straight.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

2. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

Logical Fallacies: Appeals to Ignorance, Emotion or Popularity

3. Logical Fallacies: Appeals to Ignorance, Emotion or Popularity

Watch this video lesson to see examples of the logical fallacies of appeals to ignorance, emotion, and popularity. You will also see how to identify them.

Logical Fallacies: Hasty Generalization, Circular Reasoning, False Cause & Limited Choice

4. Logical Fallacies: Hasty Generalization, Circular Reasoning, False Cause & Limited Choice

Watch this video lesson to see how you can identify cases where logic is not sound. Learn the characteristic traits of hasty generalization, circular reasoning, false cause, and limited choice.

Selective Exposure Theory & Public Speaking

5. Selective Exposure Theory & Public Speaking

Selective exposure theory has a great impact on you as a speaker and as a listener. This lesson will help you understand selective exposure theory and how to deal with it in public speaking.

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

6. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

Ethos, pathos, and logos are the foundation modes of persuasion, also known as appeals. In this lesson, you will learn about the different modes of persuasion and how to incorporate them into your speech.

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