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about the author
joshua barnett Joshua Trey Barnett

 
current city: hometown:
Bloomington, IN

Athens, GA
college:
 
The University of Georgia  
  favorite quotation:  
 

"If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong." Robert Louis Stevenson

  activities/interests:  
 

traveling, reading and writing in a cozy cafe, enjoying a well- crafted cocktail alongside conversations with friends

 
  favorite book::  
  Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell  
  favorite movie:  
  The Shawshank Redemption  
  why did you study communication?  
 

All around us is a world fraught with possibility. We all have opportunities to engage our voices to make our worlds better places for ourselves and for others, no matter where we might fall on any number of social hierarchies -- age, gender, race, sexuality, etc. Communication offers a promise for making change where it's needed, and understanding how communication functions is necessary to carry out that important work.

  why is your chapter important?  
 

Organizing and outlining are simple processes that immensely improve both the production and delivery of an oral speech. By taking the extra time to put together a thorough outline or organize the elements of a speech logically, you do a great service to yourself as a speaker and to your audience.

  would you be willing to have one of you fingers surgically removed if it somehow guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?
  Duh! What are pinkies good for anyway?
  is the glass half empty or half full? What's in the glass?
 

It doesn't matter if it's half empty or half full. What matters is that you drink up! In the morning the cup is full of steaming coffee. In the afternoon, a cold glass of water. And in the evening, an ice cube and a nice bourbon.

  what is the worst advice you were ever given?
 

"It will all work out." I've heard it a million times, and you probably have too. Life is what you make of it, so make it what you like. 

   
   
 

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