Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work by Deborah Tannen

Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work

Deborah Tannen
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  • ISBN
    9780380717835 / 0380717832
  • Title Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work
  • Author Deborah Tannen
  • Category Business & Management
  • Format
  • Year 1994
  • Pages 368
  • Publisher
    William Morrow & Company
  • Imprint Avon Books
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 133mm x 26mm x 204mm


Your project went off without a hitch—but somebody else got the credit...You averted a crisis brilliantly—but no one noticed...You came to the meeting with a sensational idea—but it was ignored until someone else said the same thing...


In her extraordinary international bestseller, "You Just Don't Understand, "Deborah Tannen transformed forever the way we look at intimate relationships between women and men. Now she turns her keen ear and observant eye toward the workplace—where the ways in which men and women communicate can determine who gets heard, who gets ahead, and what gets done.

An instant classic, “Talking From 9 to 5 ”brilliantly explains women's and men's conversational rituals—and the language barriers we unintentionally erect in the business world. It is a unique and invaluable guide to recognizing the verbal power games and miscommunications that cause good work to be underappreciated or go unnoticed—an essential tool for promoting more positive and productive professional relationships among men and women.

Publisher Description

You say something at a meeting, it is ignored, then someone else says the same thing and everyone embraces it as a marvelous idea. You devote yourself to a project, but don't get credit for the results. You work around the clock to avoid a crisis, but your efforts are not recognized because no one notices a crisis that never occurs. You give what you think are clear instructions, but the job is not done, or is done wrong. Sometimes it seems you are not getting heard, not getting credit for your efforts, not getting ahead as fast as you should. Many of us spend more of our lives at work than we do at home, yet while we choose our life-partners and friends, at work we are thrown together with people we did not choose, some of whom we don't understand and may not even like. In Talking from 9 to 5, Deborah Tannen brings to the workplace the same compelling voice, keen eye, and deep insight that made That's Not What I Meant! and You Just Don't Understand best-selling classics. Here, she offers powerful new ways of understanding what happens in the workplace, ranging from the simplest exchanges to the complex contemporary issues of the glass ceiling and sexual harassment. Work is a special world because as we talk to get our jobs done, we are also being evaluated. How we get others to do what we want, and how we accept or avoid responsibility for mistakes, display or challenge authority, reveal or conceal what we don't know - all affect how we are regarded and rewarded. Individuals in positions of authority are judged by how they enact that authority. This poses a particular challenge for women, since the ways that women are expected to talk are at odds with our usual images of authority.Women at work often have ways of creating authority that can be misinterpreted as a lack of confidence or even competence. Tannen maintains that no one style of speaking is superior. She does not tell women to speak like men or men to speak like women. Instead, she explains a variet

“Her most intiguing work.”—“Boston Globe”“Required and insightful...lively and straightforward...a novel and sometimes startling analysis of workplace dynamics.”— “The New York Times Book Review”“A necessary read...Tannen explains how women can bring authority to their conversational style without having to give up their individual voice.”—“New York Daily News”“Entertaining and filled with illustrative raises many issues of concern to working women, from knocking against the glass ceiling to dealing with sexual harassment.”— “Library Journal”"This wise and informative book...[is] filled with gracefully analyzed examples of job-related conversations, every page delivers a shock of recognition."— “Publishers Weekly”“She is an authority on why communication fails at work and home. Tannen shows how deeply ingrained our sense of place is.”— “Los Angeles Times”“For anyone who has ever sat through a meeting at the office, this book has the ring of truth.”— “The Christian Science Monitor”

Author Biography

Deborah Tannen is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her books include the “New York Times” bestsellers “You Just Don't Understand”, "You're Wearing THAT?“, ”Talking from 9 to 5“, and ”You Were Always Mom's Favorite!“. She has written for and been featured in numerous major newspapers and magazines, including the ”New York Times“, ”Newsweek“, ”USA Today“, the ”Washington Post“, and ”Time".

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