O'Hair, A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking, 4e

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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.


Additional Resources

Additional Resources include:

  • Relaxation Audio Download: Based on highly successful communication research on the relief of common pre-performance speech anxiety, the Relaxation Audio Download takes the listener through a series of techniques that encourage self-confidence through positive visualization.
  • PowerPoint How To: A slideshow that discusses best practices for utilizing visual aids during a speech and a guide to using PowerPoint.
  • Today’s Breaking News: Aggregator with headlines from around the world, complete with links to various news sources such as the New York Times and CNN.com.



LaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools and includes every word on every page of the printed text, including all images and pedagogical tools. Students can highlight and comment, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters and add notes and discussions.


Speech Topics Research Links

Research links are a starting point for students conducting research for their speeches with links to organization and topic websites.


Transcripts: Additional Speeches

Full text versions of both well-known special occasion and student sample speeches that are referenced in the book, along with annotations.



The video library includes full length recordings of student speeches to provide approachable examples of best practices for every type of speech. Those speeches are also broken down into shorter snippets to illustrate a particular concept. Videos labeled “Needs Improvement” are less than perfect examples, so students can also see what not to do when presenting a speech.


What resources are available for instructors?

From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.


Instructor Manual

The Instructor's Resource Manual contains chapter learning objectives, chapter outlines, lecture strategies, suggested classroom activities and suggested discussion topics.


PowerPoint Slides

Ready to use PowerPoint presentations include a complete lecture outline for each chapter of the book, plus images and figures from the text and can be easily customized.

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