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Essential Communication


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Communication What and WhyThe Self, Perception, and CommunicationCommunication and CultureLanguageListeningNonverbal CommunicationCommunicating in Interpersonal RelationshipsCommunicating with Friends and FamilyCommunicating with Romantic PartnersCommunicating to Land a JobCommunicating in the WorkplacePreparing SpeechesPresenting SpeechesSpeaking to Inform and Persuade

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Ronald B. Adler is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Santa Barbara City College.

George Rodman is Professor of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College. Athena du Pr is Professor of Communication and Director of the Strategic Communication & Leadership master's degree program at University of West Florida.


''Essential Communication offers a thorough, organized, and clear presentation of the foundations of communication in a way that is practically useful for introductory courses.''--Jenna Abetz, College of Charleston ''Intelligent, an easy read, and focused on the current way we communicate. It will resonate with the 21st century student.''--Archie Wortham, Northeast Lakeview College ''Like the title states, this is the essential communication of our time, and the text is chock-full of contemporary, relevant examples and illustrations of the theories we ask our students to come to and understand.''--Susan Carol Stinson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ''This text discusses the prominent theories across various contexts, highlighting the relational aspect of communication. Learning objectives are both clear and reiterated, helping students focus and ground their learning in key aspects of their lives.''--Cheryl Casey, Champlain College

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