Quentin Schultze to speak, sign at Baker Book House

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

QSchultze235Quentin Schultze has spent his career teaching, studying and writing about communication in all its forms. He knows what works and what doesn't, and now shares that knowledge in his new book.

"An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication: Building Great Relationships with Faith, Skill, and Virtue in the Age of Social Media" was released earlier this month by Grand Rapids-based Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Schultze will speak about and sign copies of the book at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 1, at Baker Book House.

"This book is going to help you be a wise, good and effective communicator amidst all of the messaging noise from texts, Facebook, email, Pinterest, Instagram and all the others," said Schultze. "It will help you navigate through all of if it."

He and his coauthor Diane Badzinski, who teaches interpersonal communication at Colorado Christian University, offer practical advice on communicating well in relationships from friends to acquaintances to colleagues. The advice and information in the book applies to the workplace, neighborhood, church and family.

EGIC Cover"There are basic principles of great communication that apply in all high-tech and low-tech situations," said Schultze. "We talk about fitting the purpose to the right medium. If you're planning a coffee date, texting is fine. But texting to break up isn't."

It's not about saying yes or no to newer media; it's a matter of finding the right one for the situation, he said. He canceled his office hours because no students came, but if he texted them that he'd be in the café on campus at a certain time, they'd stop by. Right message and right medium, he said.

"Decide the purpose of the communication, then decide the best medium," said Schultze.
But Schultze's book isn't dry knowledge offered in dry writing, though it can be used as a supplemental textbook in interpersonal communication classes. This is a book about living and communicating well. Chapters include Be Grateful, Listen Attentively, Relate Openly, and Promote Peace, among others.

Schultze is also author of "An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue" (Baker Academic, 2006).

Seven Ways:

From "An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication" by Quentin Schultze.
Seven Ways to Listen Well
1. Dedicate yourself—intentionally choose to listen
2. Take time—generously carve out a sufficient period of time
3. Select a location—carefully choose a distraction-free place
4. Focus attention—patiently stay in the moment
5. Be sympathetic—openly accept others' feelings
6. Remain empathetic—nonjudgmentally put yourself in others' shoes
7. Visualize support—genuinely smile and nod

If You Go:

Quentin Schultze will talk about and sign copies of "An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication."
Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 7 pm
Place: Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris Ave., SE.
Information: 957-3110 or on the Baker Book House Facebook page
Author Information
Ann Byle
Ann Byle is a freelance writer and owner of AB Writing Services. She writes for a number of publications including WMCN, Publishers Weekly, CBA Christian Market and Grand Rapids Magazine, and is author or coauthor of several books including The Baker Book House Story, The Call to Care: A Compassionate Response to Caring for Vulnerable Children (2018) and Christian Publishing 101 (2018). She and her husband Ray, a science teacher, have four young adult children.

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