Randy Fujishin’s Natural Bridges in Interpersonal Communication, Second Edition is a concise, practical, and reader-friendly book that introduces students to the basic concepts and skills of interpersonal communication.
The book presents the fundamental tools necessary to effectively communicate in face-to-face and online interactions in personal and professional life settings. Fujishin’s approachable writing style engages students, inviting them to consider how best to approach their own opportunities to communicate with others. New to this edition, each chapter includes a discussion of foundational research, with suggestions for further reading and online resources.
This textbook is designed for Communication Studies, Business, and Career and Trade courses at the community college and four-year university level.
Online instructor materials that accompany the book include an instructor manual, sample exams, and a sample class schedule.
Table of Contents
1. Interpersonal Communication: Building Bridges to Others
2. Perception: Seeing the Best in Others
3. Verbal Communication: Saying the Best to Others
4. Nonverbal Communication: Showing the Best to Others
5. Listening: Understanding Others
6. Conversation: Sharing with Others
7. Encouragement: Enlarging Others
8. Conflict Management: Collaborating with Others
9. Relationships: Joining with Others
10. Workplace Communication: Working with Others
Randy Fujishin is the author of seven books in the field of communication, including The Natural Speaker (Routledge). He is a conference speaker and a therapist to high-tech and nonprofit directors and executives. He holds graduate degrees in both Communication Studies and Counseling Psychology and has taught at the college level for over 30 years. Randy’s clients have included Apple, National Semi Conductor, Bank of America, the American Red Cross, and national Christian organizations. Most importantly, Randy is a loving husband, fun dad, and rides a BMW motorcycle.
"Approachable, relatable, and powerful. Randy Fujishin's narrative method to improving our interpersonal communication is captivating and inspiring. Natural Bridges in Interpersonal Communication is the most effective textbook I have ever offered. Students love this book!" — Michelle Zajac, Tenured Communication Studies Instructor, West Valley College, USA