Ethics in Public Speaking: Objectives and Outline

Chapter 3: Ethics in Public Speaking

By Alyssa Millner, Ph.D., King College, Knoxville, TN

& Rachel D. Price, M.A., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Woman protesting war "Woman speaking about ending war" by Kelly Finnamore. CC-BY.



After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define ethics and explain why ethics are important in public speaking.
  • Differentiate between morality and ethical dilemma.
  • Identify the three types of plagiarism and understand how to avoid them.
  • Explain how to cite sources in written and oral speech materials.
  • Develop responsible language use by avoiding hate language and using inclusive language.
  • Use a speech platform to promote diversity, raise social awareness, and understand free speech.
  • Employ ethical listening by readying both mind and body to avoid distractions.
  • Develop patterns of ethical feedback through praise and constructive criticism.
  • Apply ethical communication skills to public speaking situations.
  • Apply module concepts in final questions and activities.


Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • Defining Ethics

    • Ethics and Ethical Standards

  • Ethical Speaking

    • Be honest and avoid plagiarism
    • Cite sources properly
    • Set responsible speech goals

  • Ethical Listening

    • Develop ethical listening skills
    • Provide ethical feedback

  • Conclusion
  • Review Questions and Activities
  • Glossary
  • References

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