- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (11 April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1860492002
- ISBN-13: 978-1860492006
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talking From 9-5: Women and Men at Work: Language, Sex and Power Paperback – 11 Apr 1996
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A wise book. She brings to light valuable nuances on a subject that many of us no doubt thought we were familiar with (INDEPENDENT)
Both men and women will be fascinated (DAILY MAIL)
Absolutely worth a look (COSMOP0LITAN)
Many types of reader should benefit from this book. It should be required reading for managers; one of Ms Tannen's most telling points is that failures in communication at work can do more to mar careers and cause personal unhappiness- they can cripple a (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)
Deborah Tannen confirms that what is true in the bedroom is also true in the boardroom ... men and women speak different languages' Observer
Reissued to coincide with her new book The Argument Culture.
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In a dream world, this would be mandatory reading for all men in the workplace. Males who are not aware of these communication differences are likely not hiring or promoting talented female employees because they misconstrue their politeness for passiveness, or their humble remarks (or even self-degrading remarks) for lack of confidence, etc.
As a working woman, reading this book gave me an advantage. After reading it, I find myself using a different communication style now with males at work than I do with females at work. At least now I am aware of how the "female" communication style I naturally use is probably being heard by my male superiors. Likewise, as a boss I've put this book, along with "Who Moved My Cheese?", on the reading list for new hires.
Substantively, I felt the book could have used some major editing starting about half-way through where it became a bit tedious. But it's worth the read for the important lessons learned.
Lastly, others have criticized this book for not offering solutions to the problem. The solution is awareness. If both genders are aware of these communication differences, the problem is virtually eliminated.
The knowledge I gained of the differences in the way men and women communicate in the workplace has been helpful in many areas of my life.