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A young people's primer of effective communication offers a comprehensive review of the oral, written, and listening skills necessary to convey ideas and succeed in today's world.
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Gr. 6-12. This interesting look at communication, and perhaps more importantly, the obstacles to communication, uses examples of real-life situations to demonstrate the practicality of knowing how to get a message across. Not only does Gay cover expected aspects, such as body language, facial expression, catching cues, and the importance of good listening, she also includes some valuable and often entertaining material on appearance (including a special section on teenage clothing signals), doublespeak and half-truths in advertising and government, and the use of politically correct language. The text is well written, logically organized, and totally free of the transmitter/receiver jargon that has become associated with this topic. The author's political leanings do peek out on occasion, but that only adds to the easy-to-read conversational style. A valuable tool not only for teens who are actively seeking to improve their communication skills, but also for those who feel resentment about being misunderstood and need some insight into why it happens and how they can change it. Notes; suggested reading list. Jeanne TrinerFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 9-12-Practicing what she preaches, Gay gets her message across clearly and concisely in this broad overview of communication. Current information, interesting history, and careful organization make the text easy to read, skim, or study. Means of effective speaking, listening, and writing are covered, plus related topics of body language, clothing, and grooming, and a discussion of doublespeak and half-truths. One chapter is devoted to organizing thoughts by use of an outline and then fleshing them out; another addresses roadblocks to communication and ways to overcome them. The final chapter includes an A to Z summary of skills that can be used for a quick refresher course. Footnotes and an annotated list of further reading with titles written especially for YAs are appended. Libraries will want to add this title to their collections for reports as well as for special-interest reading.
Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
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Book Description New Discovery, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0027358151