Introduction to Public Speaking: An Inductive Approach brings a fresh and common-sense strategy to teaching and learning public speaking. This book’s inductive approach guides students to learn and practice each part of a public speech one component at a time.

Confidence grows and competence naturally develops as learners build the skills, one by one, that are required to conceptualize, research, prepare, and successfully deliver a full speech.

To begin, students prepare and present short speech segments of 1–2 minutes in length. These initial speeches are based on models provided in the book and separately focus on each speech component. Learners immediately become familiar with all the core building blocks of a successful speech.

As a result, students feel in better control of the entire learning process. Encouraged by initial successes with manageable exercises, students are less apprehensive as they contemplate more fully composed speeches. Further, by concentrating on and practicing one speech segment or skill at a time, students better retain what they have learned over time. 


Organizational Communication: Theory, Research, and Practice examines not only the theoretical basis of organizational communication, but also the actual practice.

There are three clear directions within in this book: an international focus, communication ethics, and the interdisciplinary tradition of organizational behavior.

The authors draw on the wealth of resources and research both within the field of communication studies and also within closely related fields, such as industrial psychology, talent development, organizational behavior, and more.