Summary of Why No One Understands You (and What to Do About It)

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Why No One Understands You (and What to Do About It) summary
If you find that people commonly misunderstand you, here’s all you need to know about clearly communicating your intentions.


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Misunderstandings and personality clashes can tarnish relationships among co-workers at any organization. Peppering her analysis with examples from politics, sports and pop culture, communications expert Heidi Grant Halvorson clearly imparts how to overcome obstacles to communication at work. Some of her advice will sound familiar, but her delivery is fresh and entertaining. getAbstract recommends Halvorson’s droll insights to anyone who feels misunderstood and to everyone with colleagues who grate on their nerves.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why others often misunderstand you
  • How to communicate your intentions effectively at work
  • How to alleviate conflict with your co-workers


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About the Speaker

Heidi Grant Halvorson is the associate director of Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center.

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    Wasseem Al Mousa 5 months ago
    very insightful
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    Deborah Schmitt 11 months ago
    some good insights
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    Angelica Carceles 11 months ago
    very interesting!

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    Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Tory Higgins

    Hudson Street Press, 2013


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