Summary of Talking From 9 to 5

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Talking From 9 to 5 book summary
To thrive in professional situations, women often must deal with unfair cultural expectations.


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In Talking from 9 to 5, best-selling author and Georgetown University linguistics professor Dr. Deborah Tannen examines cultural norms that feed sexism. Her 1994 classic bestseller unearths gender bias at its childhood roots. For decades, Tannen recorded compelling interviews and meetings. She proffers these exchanges to illustrate the gender bias that tinges corporate speech and behavior. Tannen observes that women’s traditional boundaries guide their speech and behavior to be different from men’s, especially in the workplace. She concludes that recognizing gender boundaries will give insights into your colleagues’ communication styles. With its accessible research and real-life samples, Tannen’s analysis reveals and explains male and female office behavior.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Deborah Tannen, PhD, a linguistics professor at D.C.’s Georgetown University, is a frequent contributor to major publications and broadcasts. Her book You Just Don’t Understand remained on The New York Times bestseller list for almost four years.

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