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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 a necessary skill for public careers and a useful tool to learn. Understand the five elements of public speaking and discover why it's important.

Public Speaking as a Communication Process

2. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking as a communication process includes the interactional model, which involves encoding, decoding, and feedback, and the transactional model, which involves more mutual communication where the sender and receiver both try to find meaning in the message. Explore more about these concepts and how they relate to the original linear model of public speaking.

The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

3. The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

The historical tradition of public speaking started with the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and he called it rhetoric. Aristotle defined public speaking by three strategies: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. Discover the meaning behind Ethos, Logos, and Pathos and how they fit in with contemporary public speaking today.

Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

4. Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

To be an ethical speaker one must present values that reflect good moral ethics. Learn the principles of ethical public speaking, such as trustworthiness, integrity in the subject matter, respect for others, dignity in conduct, and truthfulness in message.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

5. How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

It's important to know the role of public speaking in influencing the opinion of an audience over casual conversation. Identify the three purposes of public speaking and learn how it differs from everyday communication.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

6. Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

There are several tips and strategies a public speaker can employ to reduce the level of stress associated with public speaking. Learn about public speaking anxiety and how to overcome it by using different strategies and tips, including preparing ahead of time, practicing the speech, and visualizing success, among others.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

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

Speeches are often designed to achieve a specific goal. See the purposes and elements involved in the three types: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion.

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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