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By far the leading speech textbook of our time, The Art of Public Speaking has defined the art of being the best for more than 10 million students and instructors. Whether a novice or an experienced speaker, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations of classical and contemporary theory and thorough coverage of practical ap By far the leading speech textbook of our time, The Art of Public Speaking has defined the art of being the best for more than 10 million students and instructors. Whether a novice or an experienced speaker, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations of classical and contemporary theory and thorough coverage of practical applications. The new edition offers a revolutionary digital experience--McGraw-Hill Connect Lucas and Connect Lucas Plus. The Connect Lucas products allow students and instructors to access all course materials including a complete media and research library, study aids and speech preparation and assessment tools from a single place, connectlucas.com. With Connect Lucas, students use the traditional printed text. Specially marked icons in the text guide students to the media-rich, interactive features available at connectlucas.com. Connect Lucas Plus allows students and instructors to access the fully-integrated, media-rich textbook from connectlucas.com. As students read the book online, linked icons guide them to embedded media-rich, interactive features. Learn more and visit connectlucas.com.


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By far the leading speech textbook of our time, The Art of Public Speaking has defined the art of being the best for more than 10 million students and instructors. Whether a novice or an experienced speaker, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations of classical and contemporary theory and thorough coverage of practical ap By far the leading speech textbook of our time, The Art of Public Speaking has defined the art of being the best for more than 10 million students and instructors. Whether a novice or an experienced speaker, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations of classical and contemporary theory and thorough coverage of practical applications. The new edition offers a revolutionary digital experience--McGraw-Hill Connect Lucas and Connect Lucas Plus. The Connect Lucas products allow students and instructors to access all course materials including a complete media and research library, study aids and speech preparation and assessment tools from a single place, connectlucas.com. With Connect Lucas, students use the traditional printed text. Specially marked icons in the text guide students to the media-rich, interactive features available at connectlucas.com. Connect Lucas Plus allows students and instructors to access the fully-integrated, media-rich textbook from connectlucas.com. As students read the book online, linked icons guide them to embedded media-rich, interactive features. Learn more and visit connectlucas.com.

30 review for The Art of Public Speaking

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Venning

    I used Lucas' The Art of Public Speaking (11th Edition with Connect) for my Speech Communication class at Baruch College. While I wound up being very impressed with the textbook, I felt that it had a number of significant shortcomings and wound up preferring Engleberg and Daly's Presentations in Everyday Life, which I used in a Public Speaking course at Wagner College. First, the strengths. Lucas's book is the most recognizable textbook in the field for some good reasons. Lucas provides a very cl I used Lucas' The Art of Public Speaking (11th Edition with Connect) for my Speech Communication class at Baruch College. While I wound up being very impressed with the textbook, I felt that it had a number of significant shortcomings and wound up preferring Engleberg and Daly's Presentations in Everyday Life, which I used in a Public Speaking course at Wagner College. First, the strengths. Lucas's book is the most recognizable textbook in the field for some good reasons. Lucas provides a very clear guide to public speaking, giving concrete examples of how to approach different types of speeches and how to craft and prepare for them. The text is clearly stated, updated to refer to current events and issues, and beautifully illustrated. For those reasons, I think the book is valuable. But the biggest negative element is its price point. Retailing at over $100, the book is simply not affordable for many students at public universities, and asking them to buy it is not ethical, especially when there are so many competing options which are all cheaper--some at half the price or less. The "Connect" multimedia CD is useful but probably part of the high price point, and ultimately I don't think the CD is necessary at all for students to learn effectively from the book. A further negative element, in my mind, is that Lucas's text is singlemindedly focused on public speaking classes. I think it would be valuable to broaden the gaze of this book to discuss how the skills taught in the book can be applied to many other situations outside of the classroom and in daily life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Fazel

    The title should really be "The amateur book of high school classroom presentations"... If you're an experienced businessperson, please don't waste your time! The only reason why I'm criticizing the book is because the title is completely misleading... In no way, shape or form is this remotely close to deserving its score when benchmarking to many other public speaking/ presentation books like: - The art of public speaking (original Carnegie's version) - Presentation zen - How to deliver a Ted ta The title should really be "The amateur book of high school classroom presentations"... If you're an experienced businessperson, please don't waste your time! The only reason why I'm criticizing the book is because the title is completely misleading... In no way, shape or form is this remotely close to deserving its score when benchmarking to many other public speaking/ presentation books like: - The art of public speaking (original Carnegie's version) - Presentation zen - How to deliver a Ted talk & how to deliver a great Ted talk - Resonate - Made to stick Even "confessions of a public speaker" was better despite being more entertainment then practical tips. To avoid at all costs unless you're a complete beginner!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Faith

    My Public Speaking textbook. Very simple and straightforward, but still glad to be done with it. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melenia

    For a textbook this is pretty good

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rex

    I recommend this book to whoever wants to learn public speaking. It talks about the most fundamental aspects of public speaking, including ethics, purpose, organization, vocal variety, body language, audience analysis, and etc. It does not talk about "dry theory" material. Each definition is followed by several vivid examples. It also has very thought provoking exercises after each chapter. Moreover, it provides several sample speeches in the multimedia that comes with the book. Last but not lea I recommend this book to whoever wants to learn public speaking. It talks about the most fundamental aspects of public speaking, including ethics, purpose, organization, vocal variety, body language, audience analysis, and etc. It does not talk about "dry theory" material. Each definition is followed by several vivid examples. It also has very thought provoking exercises after each chapter. Moreover, it provides several sample speeches in the multimedia that comes with the book. Last but not least, readers can go to the website for the book and go through more exercises there. I find the principles in the book very simple but effective!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Staci Miller

    This book presents public speaking in an interesting writing style. The discussions in the book are topical and the example speeches do a good job of showing the strengths and weaknesses of amateur public speakers in a class. I thought it did a great job of pointing out things to think about when making a speech that you may not automatically think about. I learned lessons that I will be able to use in argument and public speaking for a long time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This truly was an educational tool to teach people the ends and outs of the difficult task of speaking in public.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Well, I got a 91.82% in the class...

  9. 5 out of 5

    adam aero

    11th edition p 5 Public speaking is a vital means of civic engagement. It is a way to express your ideas and to have an impact on issues that matter in society. As a form of empowerment, it can--and often does--make a difference in things people care about very much. The key phrase here is "make a difference." This is what most of us want to do in life--to make a difference, to change the world in some small way. Public speaking offers you an opportunity to make a difference in something you care 11th edition p 5 Public speaking is a vital means of civic engagement. It is a way to express your ideas and to have an impact on issues that matter in society. As a form of empowerment, it can--and often does--make a difference in things people care about very much. The key phrase here is "make a difference." This is what most of us want to do in life--to make a difference, to change the world in some small way. Public speaking offers you an opportunity to make a difference in something you care very much about. p 34 contrary to what some people claim, avoiding racist, sexist, and other kinds of abusive language is not simply a matter of political correctness. Such language is ethically suspect because it devalues and stereotypes ... helps reinforce attitudes that encourage prejudice, hate crimes, and civil rights violations. (Steven Heyman, "free Speech and Human Dignity" New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008) p 35 "Being ethical means behaving ethically all the time--not only when it's convenient."--Kenneth Blanchard & Norman Vincent Peale, "The Power of Ethical Management" NY: Ballantine Books, 1988 p 62 p 81 (great free-association examples) p 125 "this" + "that" -> limits Google search to both p 143 Dr. Mario Molina won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research on the formation and decomposition of the ozone layer. p 146 Personalize your ideas: People are interested in people; add human interest. The abstract becomes more meaningful when applied to a person. e.g., Let me tell you about Arturo. Arturo is four years old. He has big brown eyes and a mop of black hair and an empty belly. In all his four years on earth, Arturo has never once enjoyed three square meals in a single day. p 175 utilize hypnosis to help break addiction or help students improve their academic performance p 185 overture--an orchestral introduction that captures the audience's attention and gives them a preview p 197 musical crescendo p 228 good novelists create word pictures that let you "see" the haunted house, or "hear" the birds chirping on a warm spring morning, or "taste" the hot enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant. p 233 for comedic effect reverse two situations (appropriateness to situation) p 248 Greek historian Herodotus, "People trust their ears less than their eyes." When speaker's body language is inconsistent with his or her words, listeners often believe the body language rather than the words. (Mark Knapp & Judith Hall "Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction 7th ed, Boston: Wadsworth, 2010 p 12-15) p 252 Concentrate on gaining control of the ides; don't try to learn the speech word for word. p 269 research showing that extraneous images distract listeners and reduce comprehension of the speaker's point (Richard Mayer & Cheryl Johnson "Revising the Redundancy Principle in Multimedia Learning" Journal of Educational Psychology, 100, 2008 p 380-386 p 271 When you finish, place the object or picture back out of sight p 300 By age 20, the average American has been exposed to one million television commercials--an average of 150 every day. p 301 It's not possible to bring about a truly beneficial result by using unethical methods--King p 310 Seek action from your audience whenever possible. The listener in not making much of a commitment by thinking, "Sure, I agree with you." Within two days they will forget entirely--and about agreeing. Action however reinforces belief. If you can persuade them to make some kind of action--even if it's no more than signing a petition, putting a bumper sticker on a car, or attending a meeting--yo u've gained a more serious commitment. Once one acts on behalf of your position, they're more likely to remain committed to it. (Richard Perloff "The Dynamics of Persuasion: Communication and Attitudes in the 21st Century 4th ed. 2010 p 259-261 p 328 Most of us have no idea what it means to be poor and hungry. But before returning to school last year, I spent three years working at local assistance centers. I can't tell you everything I have seen. But on the basis of what I can tell you, I hope you will agree with me that government help for the poor and needy must be maintained. p 334 [play within a play] And what does this story prove? No matter how strong your evidence, you will not be persuasive unless listeners grasp your reasoning. p 344 http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~sbenus/Te... Nathan was only five years old when the fever struck him. At first, no one knew whatwas wrong. No one knew that parasites inside his body had infected his red blood cells.No one knew those cells were clumping together, choking the flow of blood through hisbody and damaging his vital organs. No one knew his kidneys would soon fail and seizures would begin. No one knew he would wind up in a coma. The parasites in Nathan's body came from a mosquito bite, a bite that gave him malaria. And Nathan is not alone. The World Health Organization tells us the horrible truth:In Africa, a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds. words ----- poignance - piercing quality germane - relevant to a subject under consideration cadence 1. a modulation or inflection of the voice. "the measured cadences that he employed in the Senate" synonyms: intonation, modulation, lilt, accent, inflection; More a modulation in reading aloud as implied by the structure and ordering of words and phrases in written text. "the dry cadences of the essay" a fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence. rhythm. "the thumping cadence of the engines" 2. MUSIC a sequence of notes or chords comprising the close of a musical phrase. "the final cadences of the Prelude" inoculate - treat with a vaccine to produce immunity symposium - several people present on different aspects ethnocentrism - believe that one's ethnic or cultural group is centrally important residual message - what you want them to remember after they forgotten everything else Monroe's motivated sequence - attention, need, satisfaction, visualization & action (p 315) question of -fact -value -policy false cause = causation without correlation internal previews & internal summaries implied leader || emergent leader appeal to novelty vs appeal to tradition Qs -- How can a speaker motivate listeners to act? How do you react?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Vaughan

    This book was required reading for one of my core classes. Overall I think that it’s good for its intended purpose. As a preacher of the gospel who engages in public speaking every week of my life, I want to be as polished as possible. However, we always need to be careful not to depend on the methods more than the message. Preachers need to be as well rounded and gracious as possible, but at the end of the day our goal should be to please the audience of One ☝️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I've been reading this textbook all semester for Public Speaking Class. Might as well get Goodreads credit for it, right? Three stars because it isn't as boring as I anticipated and it's organized in an easy to read way. I've been reading this textbook all semester for Public Speaking Class. Might as well get Goodreads credit for it, right? Three stars because it isn't as boring as I anticipated and it's organized in an easy to read way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Autobotfireflame

    Helped me allot learning to face my fear of public speaking.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Grabelle

    Great primer. Not a lot of depth. New editions got rid of the short video clips breaking speeches doe into their components which was the best part.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    A good book for preparing speeches. If you can get through it, at times it's a bit dry but what can you expect from a book about public speaking? A good book for preparing speeches. If you can get through it, at times it's a bit dry but what can you expect from a book about public speaking?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Listening is an active process. It's a skill as much as delivering a speech. To improve your listening skills is to improve your concentration and comprehension power. Listening is an active process. It's a skill as much as delivering a speech. To improve your listening skills is to improve your concentration and comprehension power.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nick Totin

    Assigned for a class. A good exploration of public speaking skills. Mostly basic knowledge so not for someone with a foundational understanding of the craft.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    textbook for a course...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teri Temme

    I read the sixth edition- what the library had - it was very informative, easy to read and helpful. I am interested in getting the latest version too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    Meh. Most of the points were pretty obvious to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jean Pruett

    I don’t want to give a rating to a textbook. Lol

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Aside from the typos I found in this book, it definitely caters to people who have not completed or who qualify to take a college level composition class.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I think all people should read this book, it is very helpful in life because at some point, you will need to speak in front of a crowd. And the most important thing is not to be nervous. This book totally eliminates the scary factor of speaking in public in different occasions! The thing I really love about The Art of Public Speaking is the amazing detail on how smoothly a speech should run depending on the type of speech. The author has a nice optimistic point of view that in very comforting to I think all people should read this book, it is very helpful in life because at some point, you will need to speak in front of a crowd. And the most important thing is not to be nervous. This book totally eliminates the scary factor of speaking in public in different occasions! The thing I really love about The Art of Public Speaking is the amazing detail on how smoothly a speech should run depending on the type of speech. The author has a nice optimistic point of view that in very comforting to any discouraging reader who has an immense fear of speaking in public. This was our text book in my Public Speaking, communications class, the class is over now, but I am confident as ever! The one thing I can say is "Public Speaking is challenging, but surely doable!"

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    My textbook for this semester! I'm excited to take this public speaking course. --> Now at the halfway point of the semester, and I have finished the textbook. At this point, we have learned about how to be a successful public speaker. For the rest of the semester, we have to practice...by getting up in front of the class and...wait for it...speaking. Who would have thought?! Honestly, I learned quite a bit from this text, BUT practice makes perfect. :) Wish me luck! My textbook for this semester! I'm excited to take this public speaking course. --> Now at the halfway point of the semester, and I have finished the textbook. At this point, we have learned about how to be a successful public speaker. For the rest of the semester, we have to practice...by getting up in front of the class and...wait for it...speaking. Who would have thought?! Honestly, I learned quite a bit from this text, BUT practice makes perfect. :) Wish me luck!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cecily Robertson

    This is an excellent book full of great suggestions for writing and giving presentations. I can imagine any other book about public speaking being insanely dry, but Lucas kept his chapters full of funny (if not completely believable) examples. He also includes great laundry lists of what to include in informative, persuasive, and group presentations. This book would definitely be helpful for students taking speech classes for the first time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    Pretty basic stuff, but does include sections that focus on certain types of speeches, so it was helpful when I was constructing some of mine. Lots of information you may find in your composition textbook, as it focuses a lot on constructing arguments. The general advice on calming your nerves and getting over stage fright is great, but not exactly easy to take to heart... it's public speaking, nothing can calm those nerves for the first few speeches, no matter how gently it's written. Pretty basic stuff, but does include sections that focus on certain types of speeches, so it was helpful when I was constructing some of mine. Lots of information you may find in your composition textbook, as it focuses a lot on constructing arguments. The general advice on calming your nerves and getting over stage fright is great, but not exactly easy to take to heart... it's public speaking, nothing can calm those nerves for the first few speeches, no matter how gently it's written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fox

    The Art of Public Speaking was a comprehensive textbook. Although less boring than other texts, the information contained was better suited to lectures than plain reading. It works as a good resource and reference, and the website was also helpful with the media it offered. As far as Public Speaking texts go, I would recommend this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    the audio cd's are better than the book, although, this program takes us thru the basics step by step in case you like repetition; it follows thru each step again and again for goog retention. This same course was taught to my sone when he was in the air force - if it's good enough for our airmen getting degrees, then it's good enough for me too! the audio cd's are better than the book, although, this program takes us thru the basics step by step in case you like repetition; it follows thru each step again and again for goog retention. This same course was taught to my sone when he was in the air force - if it's good enough for our airmen getting degrees, then it's good enough for me too!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teena

    I am presently reading this book for Speech/Communication class and I think it is well written and extremely helpful in writing speeches and communicating in general. It goes into the audience, different types of speeches, outlining, presenting, use of voice, etc.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Not giving five stars simply because the book isn't THAT impressive. Four stars because it's pretty solid. With this book and practice, I think pretty much anybody could learn to prepare and deliver quality speeches. Lots of examples are included as well, which is cool. Not giving five stars simply because the book isn't THAT impressive. Four stars because it's pretty solid. With this book and practice, I think pretty much anybody could learn to prepare and deliver quality speeches. Lots of examples are included as well, which is cool.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby M

    Didn't read every chapter in this because they were given periodically to me in a class. Counting it though cause I read the majority of the lengthy chapters. It was an okay "guide" to public speaking. Actually putting the text to use in a speech was better for learning. Didn't read every chapter in this because they were given periodically to me in a class. Counting it though cause I read the majority of the lengthy chapters. It was an okay "guide" to public speaking. Actually putting the text to use in a speech was better for learning.

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