The features for this edition include: Practical connection between theory, research and skills:The solid theoretical foundation is consistently applied to everyday situations through relevant examples, speech excerpts, thought-provoking questions and boxed features. Emphasis on the essentialsof the public speaking process:Straightforward, concise explanations of basic principles focus students quickly and effectively on the essential components of preparing and delivering a speech. Brief Chapter 2 overview of the steps in the public speaking process:The second chapter, â€œPreparing and Presenting a Speech (in Brief),â€ presents 10 steps to prepare and deliver a speech, enabling readers to start giving a speech early in the course, such as a speech of introduction. Subsequent chapters elaborate on these steps, helping readers to refine the process and develop effective public speaking skills. Numerous pedagogical aids:Chapter-opening objectives, annotated sample speeches, outlines and excerpts, boldface key terms, self-assessment tests, chapter summaries, exercises, and thought-provoking questions and scenarios help readers review and retain important chapter concepts. Comprehensive:Despite its concise, briefer length, the book covers the full range of topics in public speaking, giving readers a manageable and complete introduction to preparing, researching and delivering a speech. Strong technology advantage:Numerous in-text references to web sites and electronic resources, as well as the up-to-date Research Link boxes, provide readers with the latest information on selecting a topic, gathering appropriate support materials and doing online research. Research Links:Research Link boxes (14 in all), presented in progression from general research principles in early chapters to more specialized ones in later chapters, introduce the research process in small, manageable doses rather than one dense, potentially overwhelming chapter. Each Research Link box does end with a note identifying the next Link and in which chapter to find it to facilitate reading the Links as one entire chapter, if preferred. Emphasis on Culture:Cultural insights are integrated into each chapter, offering readers an understanding of the influence of culture in public speaking (for example: analyzing different audiences, giving and responding to public criticism) and the skills they need to develop to succeed in a global community. Emphasis on Ethics:â€œA Case of Ethicsâ€ box in each chapter describes a situation which raises ethical issues, and asks readers to think about and respond, promoting awareness of ethical considerations in public speaking and how to become an ethically responsible communicator. Communication competence:Thirteen self-tests, called â€œTest Yourselfâ€ are interspersed throughout the book to allow readers to assess their own communication skills and determine how to improve those skills.Joseph A. DeVito is the author of 'The Essential Elements of Public Speaking (3rd Edition)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205543007 and ISBN 0205543006.