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Confident Communication
Speaking Tips for Educators



November 2002 | 192 pages | Corwin
This volume is a public-speaking resource for teachers, principals, and school administrators written by a trained counsellor and experienced teacher. This concise learning tool speaks to teachers at every level, addressing the critical affective aspects of learning how to speak in public.

The book is designed exclusively for professional educators to use both in and out of the classroom. The author takes a skills-based humanistic and sometimes humorous approach to the psychology and strategies that must be in place before a person can develop as a speaker. Educators can improve their confidence by learning how to be aware of what is happening during a speech, and gradually accentuating their essential speaking skills. Included are hands-on strategies for taking control of the process and its outcome, as well as using the Internet for creating speeches.

Every educator's job will provide opportunities for public speaking; this book provides the instructional support that everyone needs. When a speaking event arises, educators can refer quickly to this book for help in making decisions about what to say and how to say it.


 
Introduction
 
Part I: The Foundations of Speaking
 
1. Understanding Public Speaking
 
2. Forming a Speech Study Group
 
3. Writing Your Speech
 
Part II: When Speaking Before Student Groups
 
4. Understanding and Managing Your Nervousness
 
5. Involving Your Audience
 
6. Discovering What is Really Important at Your School
 
7. Just Showing Off
 
8. Your Body Language Speaks Volumes
 
Part III: When Speaking Before Parent Groups
 
9. Scheduled Parent Meetings
 
10. Working With Parents on More Difficult Issues
 
11. Presenting a Persuasive Line of Reasoning
 
12. When Asking for Support
 
13. If You Need to Speak on a Moment's Notice
 
14. How to Field Questions From Your Audience
 
Part IV: When Speaking Before Parent-Teacher-Student Associations Meetings
 
15. Creating a Speech to Inform
 
16. Presenting Yourself and Your Speech
 
Part V: When Speaking Before Collegial Groups
 
17. Beyond Words -- How to Use Visual Aids
 
18. Leading a Staff or In-Service Meeting
 
Part VI: When Speaking Before Community Groups
 
19. Making Decisions Regarding Your Audience and Your Speaking Environment
 
20. Sharing Yourself With the Children
 
21. How to Lead and Participate in a Discussion Group
 
Part VII: When All Else Fails...
 
22. Speaking When You Cannot Say Anything
 
23. Using Appropriate Grammar
 
Part VIII: Example Speeches and The Appendix
 
24. Three Example Speeches
 
Appendix: Additional Supports
 
Glossary
 
Index
Key features
  • Basic public speaking for teachers and school administrators
  • Tips on writing and presenting speeches in all relevant settings in schools, communities, and professional settings
  • Sensible, humorous, psychologically valid, easy-to-use techniques can help turn nervousness into success

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Understanding Public Speaking


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