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Confident Communication

Confident Communication
Speaking Tips for Educators

March 2014 | 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.

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

Douglas A. Parker

Douglas A. Parker holds dual Masters degrees in Education and Counseling. He is a lifelong educator, veteran teacher, coach, and school administrator. Debate and Speech teams that have used his lessons and techniques for public speaking have won numerous local, state, national, and international titles. His strategies are sensible, psychologically valid, easy to use, and can be an essential resource for teachers and principals in schools and in all professional settings. More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761946908