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Created through a "student-tested, faculty approved" review process, COMM is a concise, visually appealing text that introduces essential speech communication concepts without any delays or distractions. This brief, affordable paperback includes a full suite of learning aids to accommodate your busy lifestyle, including chapter-by-chapter study cards, self-quizzes to help you review the most important concepts, downloadable flash cards, interactive video, Audio Study Tool review downloads, and Speech Builder Express 3.0 features that let you study wherever you are, whenever you have time. Designed for today's students in every detail, this unique solution was developed through conversations, focus groups, interviews, surveys, and input from nearly 150 students like you. From its abbreviated, no-nonsense title, to its useful content and engaging style, COMM is the perfect introductory speech communication text for modern learners.

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"I think the students will love the color, the engaging aspects of the layout. The most appealing thing to my colleagues will be that it is engaging for their students and they will be more likely to read the text."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495570134
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition description: Student
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudolph (Rudy) F. Verderber (PhD, University of Missouri) is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of Communication Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati and one of the nation's leading authors of communication textbooks. During his tenure at the University of Cincinnati, where he was head of the university's Communication Department, Dr. Verderber taught more than 25 different courses, 10 of which he originated. Considered one of the university's finest teachers, he received the Dolly Cohen Award for Outstanding Teaching (two such awards are given at the university each year), and in 1994, he was named Distinguished Teaching Professor, an honor held by only four faculty members across the university. In 1996, he received the National Speakers Association Outstanding Professor Award. His primary areas of expertise include rhetoric, public address, argumentation, and interpersonal communication.

Kathleen S. Verderber (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati) is Associate Professor of Management Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University. She holds an M.A. in speech communication, as well as an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Verderber has consulted with various civic, professional, and business organizations. She has published numerous articles in several journals, and has presented papers at communication and management conferences.

Deanna D. Sellnow (PhD, University of North Dakota) is the Gifford Blyton Endowed Professor of Oral Communication and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication at the University of Kentucky. Before joining the University of Kentucky in 2007, she served as associate professor of communication, director of the Public Speaking Fundamentals Program, and supervisor of graduate teaching assistants at North Dakota State University, where she taught for 17 years. After earning her master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Dr. Sellnow completed the PhD program at the University of North Dakota. She has received numerous honors for public speaking, teaching, and research, including the American Forensic Association's National Events Tournament Champion in Communication Analysis, North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association's Scholar of the Year, and Outstanding Teacher at North Dakota State University. She is coauthor of COMMUNICATE! COMM, THE CHALLENGE OF EFFECTIVE SPEAKING IN A DIGITAL AGE, and SPEAK, all with Cengage Learning.

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Table of Contents

1. Communication Perspectives. 2. Perception of Self and Others. 3. Communicating Verbally. 4. Communicating through Nonverbal Behaviors. 5. Communicating across Cultures. 6. Communicating in Relationships. 7. Listening and Responding. 8. Developing Intimacy in Relationships: Self-Disclosure, Feedback, and Conflict Resolution. 9. Interviewing. 10. Participating in Group Communication. 11. Members' Roles and Leadership in Groups. 12. Developing Your Topic and Doing Your Research. 13. Organizing Your Speech. 14. Adapting Verbally and Visually. 15. Overcoming Speech Apprehension by Preparing Delivery. 16. Informative Speaking. 17. Persuasive Speaking.

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