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Public Speaking and Civic Engagementpromotes public speaking as a vehicle for civic engagement by showing the reader how to address issues, think critically, engage in productive dialogue, formulate sound arguments, and develop an ethic of advocacy.The civic engagement theme is unique in that it envisions public speaking as a vehicle for promoting the common good, while also emphasizing its role in personal advancement and fulfillment.By using specific examplesof students, of citizens engaged in community affairs, of historic and contemporary public figuresthe book teaches the reader how to address substantive issues that impact their communities at local, state, national, and international levels.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Public Speaking and Democratic Citizenship Public Speaking and Civic Engagement The Rhetorical Tradition Communication Challenges of the Twenty-first Century The Responsible Citizen-Speaker Chapter 2 The Ethical Public Speaker The Engaged Citizen Getting Involved in Politics The Ethics of Public Speaking Deliberation and Demagoguery in the Media Age Chapter 3 Preparing to Speak with Commitment and Confidence Public Speaking as Civic Engagement Preparing Yourself to Speak Speaking with Confidence Chapter 4 The Listener as Engaged Citizen The Importance of Effective Listening Understanding Barriers to Good Listening Guidelines for Improving Listening Chapter 5 Diverse Audiences in a Democratic Society Understanding Diverse Audiences Identifying Individual Listener Needs and Values Identifying Communal Needs and Values Gathering Information for Audience Adaptation Ongoing Strategies for Audience Adaptation Chapter 6 Developing Significant Topics Finding a Suitable Topic Narrowing the Topic Ethical Obligations in Selecting a Topic General Purposes Crafting a Specific Purpose Testing Specific Purp