Danielle Vignes
Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division
  • Communication
  • LOUIS Peer Review
  • Public Speaking
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    Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking Review


    This is a review of Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking,, by Danielle Vignes, Associate Professor Baton Rouge Community College.


    The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary.

    I have been using this textbook as a primary source in my classes for a couple of semesters now,  It is a comprehensive text for a class related to public speaking. The text provides an index, glossary, easy to navigate table of contents, chapter learning objectives, chapter key take aways, chapter assessments, and chapter exercises that were useful to students and classtime. 

    Content Accuracy

    Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

    This source is accurate, without error, and unbiased.  The content aligns with other theories, concepts, and strategies of other public speaking texts.

    Relevance Longevity

    Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.

    Material in this textbook is presented in a way that is long lasting in the foundations of public speaking.   


    The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used.

    The content is easily accessible to enrty level college students.  There are many graphics to assist in explanation as well as live links to better understand the material of each chapter.  


    The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

    This text is consistent with the teachings of public speaking.  Sections within chapters are also clearly markated and constant through out the source.  


    The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

    The textbook is arranged to teach informative, persuasive, and special occassion speeches.  The format lends itself to teaching the whole text or portions for a smaller class unit, different schedules, or structures.

    Organization Structure Flow

    The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.

    The book is logical, clear, and accesible to students. The texbook moves from the principles of rhetoric to the practice of public speaking.  Because this text follows similar textbooks, it is easy to navigate through chapters.


    The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.

    Students have multiple opportunities within each chapter to interact with the text such as checklist activities, chapter exercises and assessments.  There are also lots of graphics for further explanation.  Several chapters include hyperlinked sources of blog entries, web pages, and videos for deeper exploration of topics.

    Grammatical Errors

    The text contains no grammatical errors.

    Minimal errors found.  A few typos and no grammatical errors were noted.

    Cultural Relevance

    The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

    My students have an easy time accessing this text.  They can connect with the resources within each chapter while being introduced to cultural sensitivity and awareness within this source.  Cultural relevance is present through the address of ethics within the role of speaker and the mindfulness of speaker when tending to an audience.