The Audience, the Message, the Speaker

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One of the most crucial and difficult aspects of learning to speak in public is developing the capacity for clear thinking. Usually the fear of making presentations comes about as a result of speakers not really being sure of what they want to say. This book places a great deal of emphasis on helping readers to think through an issue and to organize their ideas so that the conclusions they reach are sound, well supported and logical. Also, a new feature of this edition is the chapter on visual aids, including a description of the latest high tech tools as well as instruction on how to use the more common equipment such as overhead and slide projectors. In the process, the author describes how visual aids can benefit the speaker as well as the audience. Also available are an instructor's manual (0-07-027000-7); and a computerized testbank in an IBM PC 5.25" (0-07-833730-5) and Macintosh 3.5" (0-07-833731-3) version.

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John (Jack) Hasling earned the title of Professor Emeritus after teaching for 27 years at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. He received his MA in 1963 from Sacramento State University, where he later taught and coached the debate team. He came to Foothill College in 1966 to teach public speaking and serve as faculty advisor for the college radio station. In the years following, he contributed to the speech curriculum by writing and developing courses in group discussion, interpersonal communication, and broadcast journalism. Teaching was his second career, his first being broadcasting. From 1952 to 1961 he worked as an announcer and engineer for several radio stations in northern California. In 1980 he published a book with McGraw-Hill entitled Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting.

During his years at Foothill College, Jack was actively involved in faculty affairs at the state and local levels. He served as chair of the Improvement of Instruction committee and later as president of the Academic Senate. He is a former member of the Commission on Instruction for the California Association of Community Colleges and is a charter member of the Bay Area Speech Teachers Association. He has served as parliamentarian at conventions of the California State Academic Senate.

Since his retirement Jack has extended his interest in writing to include adult fiction and children’s literature. He has published two novels, both concerning social issues in recent history, and two children’s books. He reads his works to third- and fourth- grade classes and speaks to adult groups on the importance of reading aloud to children.

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