From the organization of a speech to knowing your audience, your vocals, and the delivery, this essential guide covers an entire course on public speaking yet is handy enough to reference throughout your speech preparation. With more preparation comes more confidence and with added inspiration throughout this guide you will stand to deliver.
Reference Books and Databases
To find your topic from our many reference books, begin with the search form on the left. Listed below are some databases and some key reference sources that will also be useful to you. All require a username and password, which we state here.
Statistics Sources provides listings of government and nonprofit organizations that have key statistics based on the topic listed. The best way to use this resource is after you enter your search terms and view listings, copy and paste the title of the statistics table (labeled as SOURCE) and then in Google put that phrase within quotation marks. If it does not lead you to anywhere, copy and paste the URL of the organization that hosts the statistics table. When you are viewing a statistcs table, always look at the legend with it. Sometimes numbers may stand for hundreds, thousands, or even millions. The legend will let the student know what those numbers actually stand for.