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Expecting more from audiences in any speech classrooms will not only lead to better speeches, but also more closely mirror the type of collaborative communication that underscores a healthy democratic society. With an active audience, public speaking moves from monologue to dialogue, and as Pericles once observed, discussion is "An indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all". As speech instruction highlights the collaborative dimension of good public speaking, the authors help students discover how public speaking - whether from the speaker's or audience's perspective - can be a participatory, active, dynamic process.
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