Communicating : A Social, Career, and Cultural Focus

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-20
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This highly-regarded introduction to communication book offers a comprehensive blend of basic communication theory, research, and skills, with a strong emphasis on relationship communication (social), workplace (career), and intercultural communication (culture). Communicatingintroduces the basic principles of communication and applies them to interpersonal, group, interviewing, and public speaking contexts. The book stresses communication competence through boxed material, "Learn by Doing" activities, thought-provoking questions, and self-assessment tests. New and strengthened pedagogy highlights and reinforces the bookrs"s "social, career, and cultural" themes, with a particular emphasis on intercultural communication and communicating in an increasingly high-tech, global environment.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Communication
The Human Communication Process
Communication Defined
The Components of Human Communication
Communication as a System
Models of Human Communication
The Media as Communicator
Communication and Culture
First Amendment Speech
Foundations of Verbal Language
Origins of Human Language
The Languages We Use
Using Verbal Language
Nonverbal Communication
Sources of Nonverbal Signs
Emotional Influences on Nonverbal Communication
Verbal and Nonverbal Relationships
Categories of Nonverbal Communication
Using Nonverbal Communication
The Importance of Listening
The Listening Process
Listening Influencers
Purposes of Listening
Listening Apprehension
Improving Your Listening
Intrapersonal Communication
Intrapersonal Communication
Cognitive Processing
The Self
Understanding Yourself
Need Drives Affecting Communication
Anxiety: Communication Apprehension
The Role of Culture in Intrapersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication
The Concepts of Interpersonal Communication
Basic Concepts of Interpersonal Communication
The Self and Others
Seeking Approval
Gaining Compliance
Male/Masculine-Female/Feminine Communication
Sexual Harassment and Bullying
Electronically Mediated Communication
Interpersonal Skills
Participating in Conversations
Giving Directions
Dealing with Interpersonal Conflict
Communication Approaches to Managing Conflict
Handling Criticism
The Interview
Interviewing Roles
Interview Format
Types of Interviews
The Concepts of Groups
Groups Defined
Group Versus Individual Actions
Types of Groups
Group Operations
Decision-Making Techniques
Group Setting
Mediated Meetings
Participating in Groups
Cultural Differences in Groups
The Group Participant
The Group Leader and Group Leadership
Communicating in Public
Public Speaking: Planning and Presenting the Message
The Listenable Speech
Preparing a Speech: An Overview
Parameters of Public Speaking
The Ethics of Public Speaking
Analyzing the Parameters of Speeches
Process of the Speech Analysis
Post Speech Analysis
Modes of Presentation
Public Speaking: Developing the Speech
Sources of Information
Supporting Material
Techniques for Presenting Supporting Material
Computerized Graphics
Public Speaking: Structuring the Message
The Basic Elements of a Speech
The Introduction
The Central Idea
The Body
Traditional Methods of Arrangement for the Body of a Speech
The Conclusion
Transition into the Question-and-Answer Session
Alternative Methods for Organizing the Speech
Role of Culture on Speech Structure
Public Speaking: Presenting the Message
Aspects of Oral and Physical Speech Presentation
Use of Visual Aids (including PowerPoint)
Public Speaking Anxiety
Rehearsing the Speech
The Role of Culture on Speech Presentation
Dealing with Difficulties during a Speech
Informative Public Speaking
Role of Informative Speaking
Concept of Informative Speaking
Characteristics of Informative Speaking
Classifications of Informative Speaking
Developing the Informative Speech
The Informative Process in Action
Persuasive Public Speaking
Persuasive Speaking
Process of Persuasion
Persuasive Strategies
Role of Influence in Persuasion
Components of Persuasive Message
The Structure of the Persuasive Message
The Persuasive Process in Action
Appendix : The Résumé
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