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Vocational Informational Center - Communication Skills

Lots of links and articles on the topic.


Youth Communication
A non-profit based in NYC since 1980, "Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives."




Brem, C. (1995). Are we on the same team here? Essential communication skills to make groups work. How to be a team player, to become a more effective communicator, and to build an effective team.


Borgman, Dean.  Workbook for Communicating the Gospel to Youth. This is an unpublished manuscript. It is meant both to be read and worked in. Here you will find a little communication theory, principles of  one-on-one conversation, description of small groups, and aids in speaking to young people. You will be told more about what is expected of you in doing this Workbook in class.

Carnegie, Dale. (revised 1999) How To Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking, Pocket Books, 244p.  A basic confidence-builder with critical instruction on how to develop speeches through constant reflection and use of imagery.  Historic and contemporary examples make this interesting and compelling reading. Read and reread it, and then practice, practice, practice speaking to audiences.


Carnegie, D. (1962). The quick & easy way to effective speaking. Pocket Books. A good follow-up of the above.

Condril, J. & Bough, B. (1998). 101 Ways to improve your communication skills instantly. A very effective and current help to more effective communication. Highly recommended.Davis, Ken. How to Speak to Youth… and Keep Them Awake at the Same Time, Grand Rapids: Zondervan,179p. Readable, encouraging, practical. This is the only book I know on speaking to young people. Many of my students have been helped by Davis’ SCORRE method.


Dresser, N. (1996). Multicultural manners: New rules of etiquette for a changing society. New York: John Wiley & Sons. The first and main section of this book is on "The New Rules of Communication." It will give you a new sense of cross-cultural sensitivity and confidence.


Johnson, D. (1972). Reaching out: Interpersonal effectiveness and self-actualization. Prentice-Hall. This secular text provides theory and experiences through training sessions to develop effective interpersonal skills and more lasting relationships.


Johnson, D. & Johnson, F. (1975). Joining together: Group theory and skills. Prentice-Hall. A thorough text in group development. It represents some of the best in the humanistic group movement.


Kochman, T. (1981). Black and white: Styles in conflict. Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press. An excellent introduction to communication and conflicting styles.

Manning, Brennan. (2000) The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt-Out, Multnomah, 240 p. This book identifies a prevailing feeling, these days, among un-churched and churched. It’s stories of misfits and despised emphasize the grace of God in our Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Poole, Gregory (2003) Seeker Small Group Evangelism: Engaging Spiritual Seekers in Life-Changing Discussions, Zondervan, 208p.  This book will get you thinking about the Gospel in Postmodern Times, small group dynamics, and small group evangelism. It comes from the mega-church movement, so you will have to critique and adapt its principles… first of all to your context or situation, then, to young people, and finally to kids who may not be seeking or much interested in spiritual things. (See our book review on this under "Communication - Books".)


Semlak, W.D. (1982). Conflict resolving communication: A skill developmental approach. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. "Conflict situations occur often in everyday life...The purpose of this book is to provide insight into what communication skills are useful in dealing with conflict."

Dean Borgman cCYS