Introduction to Public Speaking: Objectives and Outline

Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking

By Lisa Schreiber, Ph.D. and Morgan Hartranft

Millersville University, Millersville, PA



After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Articulate at least three reasons why public speaking skills are important.
  • Describe the difference between the linear and the transactional model of communication.
  • List, define, and give an example of each of the components of communication.
  • Differentiate between the major types of speeches.
  • Identify the eleven core public speaking competencies.
  • Apply chapter concepts in final questions and activities.

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • Benefits of Public Speaking
    • Personal
    • Professional
    • Public
  • Models of Communication
    • Linear
    • Transactional
  • Elements of the Communication Process
    • Encoding and Decoding
    • Communicator
    • Message
    • Channel
    • Noise
    • Worldview
    • Context
  • Types of Speeches
  • Speaking Competencies
    • Useful Topic
    • Engaging Introduction
    • Clear Organization
    • Well-Supported Ideas
    • Closure in Conclusion
    • Clear and Vivid Language
    • Suitable Vocal Expression
    • Corresponding Nonverbals
    • Adapted to the Audience
    • Adept Use of Visual Aids
    • Convincing Persuasion
  • Conclusion
  • Review Questions and Activities
  • Glossary
  • References