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Ch 1: Introduction to Public Speaking: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Public Speaking chapter of this Public Speaking Help and Review course is the simplest way to master introductory public speaking concepts. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of public speaking.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding college public speaking material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding why public speaking skills are important or the historical roots of public speaking.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about introductory public speaking.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra public speaking resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Introduction to 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 Introduction to Public Speaking chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are some of the key terms used to discuss public speaking as a communication process?
  • What constitutes ethical or unethical speaking?
  • How is casual conversation different from public speaking?
  • Are there any ways to overcome the anxiety associated with public speaking?
  • How do informative, persuasive and special occasion speeches differ from each other?

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

1. What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. It is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. The benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.

Public Speaking as a Communication Process

2. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.

The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

3. The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

Public speaking has been around for over 2,500 years. Through the years, not much has changed. Speaking before a large audience is still done for the same reasons: to inform, persuade or entertain.

Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

4. Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

Public speaking should reflect the character of the speaker and should be based on a foundation of trust, integrity, respect and dignity. The speaker should avoid behaviors like stereotyping, damaging messages and plagiarism.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

5. How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

Public speaking and casual conversation are similar in that they are done to inform, persuade or entertain an audience. They are different in that public speaking is more structured, is spoken in a formal language and has a formal delivery.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

6. Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

Speaking before a crowd can provoke anxiety even in the most seasoned speakers. There are several tips and strategies a public speaker can employ to reduce the level of stress associated with public speaking.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

7. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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