TALKING FROM 9 TO 5                                                                Women and Men at Work

This groundbreaking book does for the workplace what Tannen's international bestseller You Just Don't Understanddid for private conversations.  It shows how women's and men's ways of speaking affect who gets heard, who gets credit, who gets ahead, and what gets done in the workplace.

Why are women often seen as less confident and competent than they really are?  Why are men often labeled arrogant? Why do so many women find that they say something at a meeting only to have it ignored, then a man says the same thing and it's embraced as a great idea--his idea!

 Women often find themselves in a double bind.   If they talk in ways expected of women, they are liked but underestimated. If they talk in ways expected of men in the same position, they are seen as too aggressive.

Women in managerial positions have embraced this book as an account and an explanation of their own experiences and a guide to making changes.  The book is indispensable for everyone who seeks to understand what's going on around them at work, to improve productivity, and to retain talented employees.  

in the media

Read Deborah Tannen's article in The Washington Post Outlook Section

Read Deborah Tannen's article in USA Today Opinion Section.

There is also a workplace training video, Talking 9 to 5, based on this book. 


“Required reading ... sharp and insightful ... lively and straightforward ... a novel and sometimes startling analysis of workplace dynamics.” The New York Times Book Review

“This wise and informative book...[is] filled with gracefully analyzed examples of job-related conversations; every page delivers a shock of recognition.” Publisher's Weekly

“Offers fascinating insights. It fills a vacuum left by our literature, which for decades has almost entirely ignored the small mysteries of the water cooler and the conference room, the ladies room and the management retreat.” The Washington Post Book World
“Entertaining...highly recommended...It raises many issues of concern to working women, from knocking against the glass ceiling to dealing with sexual harassment.” The Library Journal
“Her most intriguing work.” The Boston Globe

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