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Communication in Everyday Life
The Basic Course Edition With Public Speaking

Second Edition
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© 2018 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“A comprehensive, student-focused exploration of the complexity of human communication.”

—Darrell Mullins, Salisbury University

 

Communication in Everyday Life: The Basic Course Edition With Public Speaking, Second Edition encourages students to apply basic communication concepts to their daily lives, giving them a deeper understanding of the inseparable connection between relationships and communication. Authors Steve Duck and David T. McMahan expertly combine theory and application to introduce students to fundamental communication concepts and master practical communication skills, such as listening and critical thinking, using technology to communicate, understanding nonverbal communication, creating persuasive strategies, and managing group conflict. The fully updated Second Edition offers practical instruction to improve a student’s ability to effectively communicate interpersonally, in groups, in interviews, and speaking through presentations. Throughout the book, students receive the tools they need to critically analyze their situation, link communication theory to their own experiences, and improve their communication and public speaking skills in the process.

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Preface
 
A Personal Note to Readers
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
PART I. COMMUNICATION FOUNDATIONS
 
Chapter 1 An Overview of Communication
Everyday Communication and the Relational Perspective  
What Is Communication?  
Communication Is Symbolic  
Communication Requires Meaning  
Communication Is Cultural  
Communication Is Relational  
Communication Involves Frames  
Communication Is Both Presentational and Representational  
Communication Is a Transaction  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 2 Histories and Contexts of Communication
The Challenges of Writing History  
The Development of a Discipline  
The Emergence of Areas of Study  
Coming Together (Kind of) as Communication Studies  
Future of Communication and the Relational Perspective  
Methods of Studying Communication  
Social Scientific Approach  
Interpretivist Approach  
Critical Approach  
Improving Communication Studies Through the Relational Perspective  
Where Next?  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
PART II. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
 
Chapter 3 Identities, Perceptions, and Communication
Do People Have Core Selves?  
Identities and Perceptions  
Identities and Communication  
Transacting Identity and Other People  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 4 Verbal Communication
How Is Verbal Communication Symbolic?  
Verbal Communication Involves Meaning  
Verbal Communication Is Relational  
Verbal Communication Is Cultural  
Verbal Communication and Frames  
Verbal Communication Is Presentational  
Functions of Verbal Communication  
Relationships and Everyday Talk  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 5 Nonverbal Communication
Misconceptions About Nonverbal Communication  
What Is Nonverbal Communication?  
The Functions of Nonverbal Communication  
Types of Nonverbal Communication  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 6 Culture and Communication
How Can Culture Be Identified and Studied?  
Structure-Based Cultural Characteristics  
Transacting Culture  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 7 Listening
Why Is Listening Important?  
Active Listening  
Engaged and Relational Listening  
Critical Listening  
Recognizing and Overcoming Listening Obstacles  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
PART III. COMMUNICATION CONTEXTS
 
Chapter 8 Personal Relationships
What Are Personal Relationships?  
Benefits of Personal Relationships  
Initiating Relationships: The Relationship Filtering Model  
Transacting and Maintaining Personal Relationships  
Coming Apart  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 9 Groups and Leaders
What Is a Group?  
Characteristics of Groups  
Group Development and Decision Making  
Group Decision Making Is About Relationships  
Leadership  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 10 Communication in the Workplace
Learning About the Workplace  
Going to Work: The Workplace as a Special Frame  
The Workplace as a Culture  
The Workplace as Relationships  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 11 Technology and Media in Everyday Life
Perceptions of Technology and Media  
The Relational Uses of Technology and Media  
Smartphones: Constructing Identities and Relationships  
Constructing Identities and Maintaining Relationships Online  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 12 Interviewing
Preparing for an Interview  
Interviews  
Pre-Interview Responsibilities  
Beginning an Employment Interview  
Asking the Questions During an Employment Interview  
Answering the Questions During an Employment Interview  
Concluding an Employment Interview  
Post-Interview Responsibilities  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
PART IV. PRESENTATION SKILLS IN CONTEXT
 
Chapter 13 Preparing for a Presentation
Presenting and Relationships  
Getting Ready to Present  
How Do You Analyze Audiences?  
Selecting Your Topic  
Determining the Purpose and Thesis of Your Presentation  
Evidence and Support Material  
Selecting and Using Evidence and Support Material  
Selecting and Searching for Sources (Inventio)  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 14 Developing a Presentation
Gaining Confidence as a Speaker  
The Body: How Do You Develop an Argument?  
Introductions and Conclusions  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 15 Giving Informative and Persuasive Talks
Key Features of Informative Presentations  
Key Features of Persuasive Presentations  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Chapter 16 Delivering a Presentation
Managing Emotions About Speaking  
Guidelines for Effective Delivery: Answers to Common Questions  
Styles of Delivery  
Effective Delivery  
Presentation Aids  
Making the Most of Your Anxieties  
Focus Questions Revisited  
Key Concepts  
Questions to Ask Your Friends  
Media Connections  
 
Appendix: Sample Presentations
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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“A refreshing introduction to communication as a viable academic discipline, while not neglecting the skill components needed by our students.”

Laurie Diles
Harding University

“A comprehensive, student-focused exploration of the complexity of human communication”

Darrell Mullins
Salisbury University

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Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Business School

“This textbook is a great option for those who understand human communication as a discipline that is not codependent of digital platforms and computer-mediated communication.”

Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago
Arizona State University

“This is a thorough and well researched work on the subject of communication. It is written in a conversational tone but does a good job of breaking down somewhat difficult topics to their base components. It uses real world examples to illustrate some of the more advanced theories. It also asks questions about the subject matter that would require the student, who is used to regurgitating facts to actually read, ponder and understand.”

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Upper Iowa University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • Cultural elements of communication have been reinforced throughout the text, and the culture chapter has been moved to an earlier section of the book so that culture is recognized and understood as fundamental when students explore other issues of communication.
  • New content has been added, and existing content has been updated to correspond with the dynamic nature of communication and an ever-changing global society. Such changes have also been based on suggestions offered by existing users to further enhance student understanding and appreciation of communication.
  • This book continues to lead the way among introductory course textbooks in its inclusion and integration of social media and technology with additional discussions of such content in this edition.
  • Pedagogical features have been updated and enhanced to correspond with updates in research and to reflect cultural and societal changes and issues that have emerged since the previous edition.
  • A new appendix featuring sample presentations and outlines helps students give more effective presentations.
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KEY FEATURES

  • This version of the authors’ popular introductory survey text includes four public speaking chapters and a new appendix with sample presentations.
  • Topics are continuously connected to everyday life and student experiences, assisting students in understanding their lives, preparing them for their careers, and setting them on the path toward lifelong learning
  • Chapters generally not included in other textbooks but increasingly relevant in the discipline and in the personal and professional lives of students, such as workplace communication, leadership, and social media and technology, are included
  • The book’s relational perspective and everyday communication theme demonstrates how all communication is interconnected, enhancing student understanding
  • Numerous tables and figures help synthesize the material, while photographs in every chapter involve students in the material by posing thought-provoking questions
  • Analyzing Everyday Communication boxes encourage students to apply what they have learned in the analysis of everyday life situations
  • By the way… boxes illuminate chapter topics with unique and surprising information 
  • Communication + You boxes ask students to consider the material in relation to personal experiences in daily life
  • Disciplinary Debate boxes ask students to consider competing views within communication scholarship
  • Ethical Issue boxes urge students to contemplate and develop a position regarding ethical quandaries that arise in communication
  • Make your case boxes challenge students to take a particular position on the issues discussed in the text
  • Skills You Can Use boxes provide guidelines for integrating the material into everyday life

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