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5th Edition

Successful Nonverbal Communication
Principles and Applications

ISBN 9781138682009
Published October 6, 2017 by Routledge
436 Pages 139 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Successful Nonverbal Communication: Principles and Applications demonstrates how knowledge of nonverbal messages can affect successful communication in the real world. Now with fifteen chapters, the fifth edition draws students in through applications of the latest nonverbal communication research and through current examples of celebrities, sports, and politicians. This extensive revision describes nonverbal cues and their desirable and undesirable functions while offering original tests for measuring and developing nonverbal communication skills. Updates include new attention to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, and discussion of nonverbal communication within same-sex partnerships.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part One-Nonverbal Communication

  1. The nature of Nonverbal Communication
  2. Facial Expressions
  3. Eye Behaviours
  4. Bodily Communication
  5. Proxemic Communications
  6. Tactile Communication
  7. Personal Appearance
  8. Vocalic Communication
  9. Part Two-Developing the Successful Communicator

  10. Impression Management
  11. Selling Yourself Nonverbally: Politics and Sales
  12. Detecting Deception
  13. Part Three-Successful Communication in Applied Settings

  14. Nonverbal Determinants of Successful Interviews
  15. Gender and Interaction
  16. Successful Intercultural Communication
  17. Special Nonverbal Contexts

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Michael H. Eaves is a full professor of Communication Arts at Valdosta State University, and has been a professor there since 1993. Eaves has been the director of speech and debate at Valdosta State University since beginning there in 1993, and is a member of the National Communication Association.

Dale Leathers (1938–1997) was the sole author of editions one, two, and three of Successful Nonverbal Communication. He was a professor of speech communication at the University of Georgia as well as a former president of the National Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association.


"Once again Eaves has produced a volume that advances our understanding of the nonverbal code of communication.  In the spirit of previous editions, this edition provides readers with a theoretically-sound and well-developed approach to nonverbal communication.  "

-Don W. Stacks, University of Miami, USA


"Michael Eaves has written a must read primer for the understanding of interpersonal communication with contemporary examples and a global perspective…this book was a breath of fresh air."

-Tomeka M. Robinson, Hofstra University, USA


Author Michael Eaves does an excellent job in his book conveying the concepts of nonverbal communication to a modern audience. Eaves uses up-to-date and relevant examples to help illustrate concepts to the reader. This book is a must read for the nonverbal student and scholar.

-Gina Jensen, Webster University, USA