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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Tannen Narrator: Deborah Tannen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1994 ISBN: 9780743545471
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Are your words working for you?


You say something at a meeting and it is ignored; then when someone else says the same thing, everyone embraces it as a marvelous idea. You devote yourself to a project, but don't get credit for the results. You give what you think are clear instructions, but the job is not done, or done wrong. Sometimes it seems you are not being heard, not getting credit for your efforts, not getting ahead as fast as you should.

Now, Deborah Tannen brings to the workplace the same voice, eye, and insight that made That's Not What I Meant! and You Just Don't Understand bestselling classics. In Talking From 9 to 5, she explores the special world of work -- where we spend countless hours with people we may not understand or even like, and where the way we talk determines not only how we get the job done, but how we are evaluated for our efforts. Offering powerful new ways of understanding what happens in the workplace, from the simplest exchanges to the complex contemporary issues of the glass ceiling, Tannen explains a variety of conversational styles and reveals how each of us can develop the flexibility and understanding we need.

Since the publication of You Just Don't Understand, Tannen has been told over and over, "Your book saved my marriage." Talking From 9 to 5 will have the same dramatic impact on those who are struggling with co-workers, jobs, and companies, and will help entire companies as well as individual women and men thrive in a working world made up of increasingly diverse workforces and ever-more competitive markets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Required reading...sharp and insightful...lively and straightforward...a novel and sometimes startling analysis of workplace dynamics.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Tannen explains how women can bring authority to their conversational style without having to give up their individual voice.”  

    New York Daily News

  • “Her most intiguing work.

    Boston Globe

  • “For anyone who has ever sat through a meeting at the office, this book has the ring of truth.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rohit | 2/9/2014

    " This book would not tell you anything that you don't know, unless you never stepped out of your house for last 20 years. I think a book is a little too monotonous, factual and outdated for 21st century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/23/2013

    " Some interesting insights of the difference between how men and women communicate in business situations. I listened to an audio book that Deborah Tannen also narrated - that was abridged - so it was a quick listen. I'm also going to read the full book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Johansen | 12/22/2013

    " Deborah Tannen really pulls back the curtain on different communications styles and how they may be perceived and misperceived. She also has great advice to help any individual get to where they want to go in the workplace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 12/8/2013

    " A should-read book on improving your business communication skills. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 11/18/2013

    " It's an audiobook I'm listening to. Some interesting points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 11/16/2013

    " I'd really like to read more of Deborah Tannen, and more about sociolinguistics as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/24/2013

    " Another insightful work by Dr. Tannen on the role of gender in communication. Easy to read, lots of examples. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynneberg | 8/13/2013

    " silly but has some good points "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin Talwar | 4/30/2013

    " I learned more about the spectrum of communication styles, especially when people communicate indirectly. Insightful as to why miscommunication occurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 1/19/2013

    " If you work with men you really should read this book. Some if it is too technical but most of it was very enlightening regarding communication styles and how the affect our professional lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/7/2012

    " I've read several books by Deborah Tannen. She offers insight into the differences between how men and women think, and therefore speak differently. She explains the valid reasons behind both gender styles of communication. This book focuses mainly on conversations in the workplace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 7/6/2012

    " I read this book for my gender in communications class. It's very much an educational book but I still liked it. It discusses the differences between men and women in the workforce. Now that I'm in the workforce this book is so right! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 3/16/2012

    " Read this book and you will become aware of numerous unrecognized rhetorical devises and linguistic conventions that serve to inadvertently undermine your authority in the workplace. It's then up to you, whether you chose to abandon these forms or use them sparingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 3/7/2012

    " Even though this book is over 16 years old, it still has relevant points in how men and women communicate in the worplace. Learned alot about how the ways we communicate affect the others in my life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/24/2012

    " A good book for women in the workplace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Weleski | 1/3/2012

    " I didn't like as much as You Just Don't Understand, but there was still information in the book that was interesting to learn. Some of the examples are getting a bit dated, but overall, I think Tannen's observations still hold true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahf | 10/4/2011

    " I learned a lot from this book. What is intimidation, how do the two genders use language in the workplace and what are the implications. How woment are marked.. Lots to go on "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Morse-Geller | 7/12/2011

    " One of my favorite books to recommend. Changed my life and how I conduct myself at business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 4/10/2011

    " Some interesting insights of the difference between how men and women communicate in business situations. I listened to an audio book that Deborah Tannen also narrated - that was abridged - so it was a quick listen. I'm also going to read the full book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 11/5/2010

    " Even though this book is over 16 years old, it still has relevant points in how men and women communicate in the worplace. Learned alot about how the ways we communicate affect the others in my life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/26/2009

    " I've read several books by Deborah Tannen. She offers insight into the differences between how men and women think, and therefore speak differently. She explains the valid reasons behind both gender styles of communication. This book focuses mainly on conversations in the workplace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynneberg | 1/28/2009

    " silly but has some good points "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahf | 11/1/2008

    " I learned a lot from this book. What is intimidation, how do the two genders use language in the workplace and what are the implications. How woment are marked.. Lots to go on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie H. | 9/13/2008

    " Read this book and you will become aware of numerous unrecognized rhetorical devises and linguistic conventions that serve to inadvertently undermine your authority in the workplace. It's then up to you, whether you chose to abandon these forms or use them sparingly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/20/2008

    " Deborah Tannen really pulls back the curtain on different communications styles and how they may be perceived and misperceived. She also has great advice to help any individual get to where they want to go in the workplace.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 4/24/2008

    " If you work with men you really should read this book. Some if it is too technical but most of it was very enlightening regarding communication styles and how the affect our professional lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 11/16/2007

    " I learned more about the spectrum of communication styles, especially when people communicate indirectly. Insightful as to why miscommunication occurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 8/22/2007

    " I'd really like to read more of Deborah Tannen, and more about sociolinguistics as well. "

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