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The Nature of Human Communication

The Nature of Human Communication
Dave Hewett

Chapter overview

  • How we communicate
  • How communication issues affect all of us

Is it not wonderful to be a communicator? Do you not think that human communication is a brilliant thing to take part in, or to watch other people doing? Do you like ‘people watching’? Most of us find watching other people’s communications to be fascinating, don’t we?

Think about all the things you do in life that you enjoy. Yes, there are many. But is it not true that the best thing for nearly all of us is just being with other people and chit-chatting? Most of us do plenty of it, every day.

This is a brief introductory chapter about communication in general. Before thinking specifically ...

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