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Communication : Making Connections (7TH 08 - Old Edition)by William Seiler
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Why You Need This New Edition
6 good reasons why you should buy this new edition of Communication
Our work in the communication field has spanned several decades and over the years, we have learned that
this discipline is forever new and exciting, continually renewing and reinventing itself. Communication scholars
constantly explore and challenge the diverse findings about our everyday communication and our interactions
and relationships with others. For each new edition of Communication: Making Connections, we have set out
to capture this freshness and to share the latest ideas and scholarship in the field. This eighth edition is no
exception! Here are six good reasons to buy this new edition.
Updated in a new 8th edition, this hybrid text has an unique integrated “Making Connections” theme and emphasis on technology. It skillfully blends theory, current research, and skills, while emphasizing the connections between communication and our daily lives.
This book introduces the basic principles of public speaking, interpersonal communication and group communication, and stresses communication competence by constantly applying a solid theoretical foundation through everyday and relevant communication examples, thought-provoking questions, and boxed features.
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
I. MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH COMMUNICATION.
1.Connecting Process and Principles.
Communication : Making Connections
What Is Communication?
Why Should We Study Communication?
Principles of Communication.
Essential Components of Communication.
Types of Communication.
Misconceptions about Communication.
Improving Communication Competence.
2. Connecting Perceptions and Communication.
Perception and Communication.
The Nature of Perception.
Improving Perception Competencies and Perception Checking.
3. Connecting Self and Communication.
Communication and Self-Concept.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Impression Management
Culture and Self-Concept
Gender and Self-Concept
4. Connecting Through Verbal Communication.
The Importance of Language.
The Elements of Language.
Language-Based Barriers to Communication.
How to Use Language Effectively.
5. Connecting Through Nonverbal Communication.
What Is Nonverbal Communication?
Characteristics of Nonverbal Communication.
Functions of Nonverbal Communication.
Types of Nonverbal Communication.
Interpreting and Improving Nonverbal Communication.
6. Connecting Listening and Thinking in the Communication Process.
The Importance of Effective Listening.
Listening and Hearing: Is There a Difference?
The 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.
II. CONNECTING IN THE PUBLIC CONTEXT.
7. Selecting a Topic and Relating to the Audience.
Selecting a Speech Topic.
Determining the General Purpose, Specific Purpose, and Thesis of a Speech.
Connecting With the Listeners
8. Gathering and Using Information.
Suggestions for Doing Research.
Using Research to Support and Clarify Ideas.
9. Organizing and Outlining Your Speech.
Organize the Body of Your Speech.
Organize the Introduction of Your Speech.
Organize the Conclusion of Your Speech.
Outline Your Speech.
10. Managing Anxiety and Delivering Your Speech.
Qualities of Effective Speakers.
Managing Speech Anxiety.
Methods of Delivery.
Vocal and Physical Aspects of Delivery.
11. Informative Speaking.
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
12. Persuasive Speaking.
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
III. CONNECTING IN RELATIONAL CONTEXTS.
13. Interpersonal Communication.
Connecting with Others via Interpersonal Communication
Motivation and Need to Form Relationships
Relationships: Getting to Know Others and Ourselves
Connecting With Others Online
Self-Disclosure in Relationships
14. Developing Relationships.
Forming and Dissolving Relationships.
Improving Communication Competence in Relationships
15. Group and Team Communication.
Small Group Communication: Making the Connection.
What Is a Group?
Group Formation: Why We Join Groups and Why We Leave
Types and Purposes of Small Groups
Project or Work Teams.
Characteristics of Small Groups.
Gender Differences in Group Communication.
Ethical Behavior in Group Communication.
Virtual Groups and Teams
Disadvantages of Small Groups
16. Participating in Groups and Teams.
Conducting a Meeting.
Problem Solving and Decision Making.
Managing Group Conflict.
Evaluating Small Group Performance.
Appendix: Employment Interviewing: Preparing for Your Future.
Preparing for Your Career.
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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