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Teach Public Speaking to Anyone!
A Building-Block Approach

Milton Wood, Ph.D.
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Teachers, members of public-speaking clubs and business can now (a) build their own customized student-teaching-student courses or (b) multiply the effectiveness of on-going courses of instruction.

Dr. Wood has devised a building-block approach to instruction by breaking the overall task of public speaking into 17 basic sub-skills or building blocks. Building blocks include activities such as Speech Planning, Using Anecdotes, and Vocal Variety.

Each building-block is given a chapter that contains five or more Building-Block Modules that can be practiced using short (one to three minute) impromptu or prepared presentations. This results in a pool of over 100 modules that can be selected based on student interest and applicability.

A first chapter is dedicated to practice modules that reduce public-speaking anxiety. Each building-block module is one page in length and contains the information needed for a student or teacher to lead a class in building-block practice.

Major paragraphs include the "Module Objective," "Session Overview," "Ideas for Opening Comments," "Putting It All Together," the "Session Checklist" and "Special Considerations."

Teach Public Speaking to Anyone is stand-alone in terms of support material. The introduction contains a tutorial on how to apply the building-block concept to new and existing public-speaking courses. Additional Parts include: "Novel Practice Ideas;" "Checklists for Speeches that Inform, Inspire and Entertain;" an expanded appendix that includes 17 original articles on crafting speeches; plus a glossary and an index.

This --†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚¦'‚'‚¬Ã…âₓbuilding-block--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬? approach makes it possible to customize instruction according to the needs of a group. When time is available a complete student-teaching-student course can be easily created by simply selecting instructional modules from the building-block chapters. When time is limited, students can be introduced to selected building blocks such as planning, using visual imagery or the relevance of a given building block to other studies (e.g., writing, show & tell).

Members of public-speaking clubs like Toastmasters--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚® and International Training in Communications--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚® can use the building-block modules as a treasure chest of topics for the impromptu portion of their programs. Clubs can multiply the training effectiveness of table topics by practicing skills that can be used in subsequent manual speeches. This can be done without losing any of the fun of table topics or without adding additional time.

Whether you are a teacher, club member, manager or student, this book contains the information needed to build a new public-speaking course or augment an existing one.

Public, Charter, and Home School Teachers:
Step-by-step instructions for the easy construction of entertaining lesson plans for all age groups--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'€šÂ¬Ã…¡Ã‚¬?without sacrificing the effectiveness of the instructional process. Even though you may be limited in the time available for additional instruction, this approach is so flexible and entertaining that it cries-out for application. Reduce your students--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢ fear of public speaking and prepare them for a lifetime of success. Detailed instructions describe the course-preparation process.

Toastmasters International TM*:
A solution to the Topic Master--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s problem of What shall I do for next week--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¾--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢s Table Topic session? Over 100 Table-Topic designs encourage quick thinking while preparing members for their next manual speech. This multiplies the instructional power of Table Topics--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'€šÂ¬Ã…¡Ã‚¬?without losing the enjoyment or quick thinking associated with this portion of your program. The impromptu questions are determined by the Topic Master and are applicable wherever Table Topics are used including Speechcraft or Youth Leadership.

The Workplace:
All the guidelines needed to design and conduct a broad range of customized, student-teaching-student public-speaking courses. Courses can be designed to accommodate any level of speaking experience and can be focused on the unique communication needs of any employee level. Reap the rewards that professional communication skills can provide your organization by providing in-house, customized public-speaking instruction.

High-Anxiety Public-Speaking Seminars:
An excellent source of short, educational practice modules that are designed to gradually introduce novice speakers to life behind the lectern. A carefully graded series of practice modules use the process of desensitization to help high-anxiety individuals manage their public-speaking anxiety by learning to put their butterflies into formation.

On-Going Courses of Instruction:
Augment your existing lesson plans by selecting from over 100 building-block exercises that: (a) allow the surgical practice of individual skills, (b) fill gaps in syllabi, (c) provide the opportunity for remedial instruction, (c) prepare students for longer speeches, or (d) just increase the fun of learning.

Public Speaking Students:
A single-source, quick-review of the public-speaking techniques of the master public speaker. Practice modules can be used as self-study exercises or as checklists for upcoming speeches. An extended appendix presents original articles that range from to how to MAKE an audience listen to what you have to say, to how to build your own public-speaking simulator.

Trainers and Coaches:
Select the practice modules that provide the training your clients need, and proceed to make them more at ease while learning basic communications skills. An easy and effective way to add a public-speaking segment to your seminar or coaching practice.

Disclaimer: The author does not directly or indirectly represent Toastmasters International--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'€šÂ¬Ã…¡Ã‚¬--¢â‚¬Â¦Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¾--†â€™ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢ (TI). All of the information and building-block modules contained in Teach Public Speaking to Anyone! can be optimized through membership in TI or other public-speaking seminars.

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"Dr. Wood presents a practical approach to public speaking instruction. This is an excellent source book for schools, university and continuing education. It is also useful for self-study or the home-school environment." John T. Hestand, Attourney, Author on Education Law Issues and Home Schooling Parent.

"Teach Public Speaking to Anyone" provides teachers with a student-teaching-student (peer instruction) methodology for all age groups. its building block approach offers a flexibility that fits most time frames." Chuck Thompson, MAT, University of Phoenix Instructor and High School Counselor.

"A great resource for Toastmasters, speech classes or anyone who wants to master effective communication on any level. Its building-block approach will help anyone ease their way into public speaking." Dee Dees, DTM, Past International Director, Toastmasters International.

ISBN: 0970164211
ISBN(13-digit): 9780970164216
Copyright: 2003
Dewey Decimal: 808.51
Library of Congress: 2002090426
Book Publisher: Ah-Ha Books
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 256
Paper Weight (lb): 60#
Coated Paper: Yes

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