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This popular, comprehensive introduction to speech communication skillfully blends theory, current research and skills, while emphasizing the connections between communication and our daily lives. Unique in its integrated ;connections ; theme and streamlined pedagogy, this book introduces the basic principles of public speaking, interpersonal communication and group communication. The constant application of a solid theoretical foundation to everyday communication through relevant examples, thought-provoking questions and boxed features stress Communication Competence. New and strengthened pedagogy highlights and reinforces the ;connections ; theme throughout the book, demonstrating how communication connects us to each other in a variety of contexts: the workplace, family, friends, community, school, public communication settings, the Internet and across cultures.
Table of Contents
|Making Connections Through Communication|
|Connecting Process and Principles|
|What Is Communication?|
|Why Should We Study Communication?|
|Principles of Communication|
|Essential Components of Communication|
|Types of Communication|
|Misconceptions about Communication|
|Improving Communication Competence|
|Connecting Perceptions and Communication|
|The Perception Process|
|Improving Perception Competencies|
|Connecting Self and Communication|
|Self-Concept and Its Connection to Communication|
|Improving the Self Concept|
|Connecting Through Verbal Communication|
|The Importance of Language|
|The Elements of Language|
|Language-Based Barriers to Communication|
|How to Use Language More Effectively|
|Connecting Through Nonverbal Communication|
|Characteristics of Nonverbal Communication|
|Types of Nonverbal Communication|
|Functions of Nonverbal Communication|
|Interpreting Nonverbal Communication|
|Connecting Listening and Thinking in the Communication Process|
|The Importance of Effective Listening|
|Listening and Hearing: Is There a Difference?|
|Stages of Effective Listening|
|The Functions of Listening|
|Barriers to Effective Listening|
|Critical Listening and Critical Thinking: Analyzing and Evaluating Messages|
|Improving Listening Competence|
|Listening and Technology|
|Connecting in The Public Context|
|Selecting a Topic and Relating to the Audience|
|Selecting a Speech Topic|
|Determining the General Purpose, Specific Purpose, and Thesis of a Speech|
|Relating to the Audience|
|Gathering and Using Information|
|Suggestions for Doing Research|
|Using Research to Support and Clarify Ideas|
|Organizing and Outlining Your Speech|
|Organizing the Body of Your Speech|
|Organizing the Introduction of Your Speech|
|Organizing the Conclusion of Your Speech|
|Outlining Your Speech|
|Managing Anxiety and Delivering Your Speech|
|Qualities of Effective Speakers|
|Managing Speech Anxiety|
|Methods of Delivery|
|Vocal and Physical Aspects of Delivery|
|Visual or Presentational Aids|
|Polishing Your Delivery|
|Information and Power|
|Distinctions between Informative and Persuasive Speaking|
|Topics for Informative Speeches|
|Preparing and Developing an Informative Speech|
|Evaluating the Informative Speech|
|A Sample Informative Speech With Commentary|
|The Goal of Persuasive Speaking|
|Topics for Persuasive Speeches|
|Becoming Effective Consumers of Persuasion|
|Preparing and Developing a Persuasive Speech|
|Fallacies in Argument Development|
|Evaluating the Persuasive Speech|
|A Sample Persuasive Speech with Commentary|
|Connecting in Relational Contexts|
|The Motivation to Communicate and Form Relationships|
|Relationships: Getting to Know Others and Getting to Know Ourselves|
|Self-Disclosure in Relationships|
|Forming and Dissolving Relationships|
|Improving Communication in Relationships|
|Group and Team Communication|
|Small Group Communication: Making the Connection|
|What Is a Group?|
|Group Formation: Why Do People Join Groups?|
|Purposes of Small Group Communication|
|Project or Work Teams|
|Characteristics of Small Groups|
|Gender Differences in Group Communication|
|Technology and Groups|
|Participating in Groups and Teams|
|Team Building Leadership|
|Conducting a Meeting|
|Problem Solving and Decision Making|
|Managing Group Conflict|
|Evaluating Small Group Performance|
|Appendix: Employment Interviewing: Preparing for Your Future|
|Preparing for Job Hunting|
|Career Research on the Internet|
|Choosing a Career|
|Qualities Employers Seek|
|Preparation for an Interview|
|Factors Leading to Rejection|
|Factors Leading to Job Offers|
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