Presidents as Speech Professors

November 02, 2012

My latest academic study is out in the current issue of the Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. Here is the citation:

Compton, J., & Kaylor, B. (2012) Presidents as speech professors: United States presidents' public statements about public speaking. Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, 42, 1-19.
Here is the abstract for the piece:
Presidents do public speaking, of course, but how do presidents view public speaking? This essay examines public presidential remarks about public speaking to offer a view of presidential rhetoric about rhetoric. This analysis reveals that presidents have offered evaluations (implicit and explicit) of public speaking, as well as specific advice about giving and writing speeches. Excerpts from speeches and other remarks are included, with representation from Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama. Considering presidential remarks about public speaking provides unique material to further inform how we teach, view, study, and do public speaking.
The article is not currently available online.

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