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Real Communication: An Introduction (ISBN 9780312248482) by Dan O'Hair and Mary Wieman is designed for introductory-level communication courses. It explains in full detail human communication on how it is a fun, relevant, and lively process used in everyday life. It also allows students to become more adept at interpersonal, small group, and eventually,...
Real Communication: An Introduction (ISBN 9780312248482) by Dan O'Hair and Mary Wieman is designed for introductory-level communication courses. It explains in full detail human communication on how it is a fun, relevant, and lively process used in everyday life. It also allows students to become more adept at interpersonal, small group, and eventually, public communication. Many leaders find O'Hair and Wiemann's approach refreshing, as they discuss communication as an essential human behavior and gives practical tips on how to communicate competently. Real Communication: An Introduction also covers topics such as perceiving one's self and others, language and communication, nonverbal communication, listening, developing and maintaining relationships, and managing conflict in relationships. Communicating in groups and communicating in organizations are also discussed. A whole section is devoted to public speaking, where students can learn how to prepare and research for presentations, as well as how to organize, outline, and deliver information. Informative speaking, persuasive speaking, and competent interviewing are also discussed. Each chapter has a study tool, where readers will find key terms and concise summaries to help them retain key concepts. One of the best things about this relatable textbook is that it encourages students to use their critical thinking skills in examining how communication is influenced by different factors such as technology, culture, and ethics. Lead author Dan O'Hair is a member of the University of Kentucky faculty and serves as a dean for the college of communication and information studies, while Mary Wiemann is a professor at Santa Barbara City College's department of communication. Both have previously contributed to journals, papers, and textbooks for communication.
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