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 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.
- 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
- Review Questions and Activities
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