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Argumentation and Debate: A Public Speaking Approach addresses the needs of students with no prior experience in formal debate, limited experience in public speaking, and little or no plans to compete in speech and debate tournaments. The publication takes content beyond the classroom by featuring a chapter dedicated to discussing argumentation and debate in different professional contexts.
NEW 3rd Edition of Argumentation and Debate: A Public Speaking Approach by Martin Remland, Timothy Brown, and Kay Neal:
“WHY ME?” These were the first words that Bill Torres spoke after waking up from his stroke. Like many survivors, Bill lived his first days and weeks after stroke in a dark, heavy cloud of depression. Depression creates feelings of hopelessness, guilt, helplessness, and decreased energy—all symptoms that stand in the way of a survivor’s efforts to regain mobility and speech. Yet, rather than dwelling on asking “WHY ME?” Bill’s second words were, “WHAT NOW?” He set his mind to getting better, little by little, every day.
Helping students learn about interpersonal communication through the stages of their lives suggests that we need to first introduce them to basic ideas about effective interpersonal communication and then to help them understand how their stage of life influences the application of effective interpersonal communication.