Deborah Tannen

You Were Always
Mom's Favorite!:
Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives

You're Wearing THAT?:
Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation

I Only Say This Because
I Love You:
Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults

The Argument Culture:
Stopping America's War of Words

Talking from 9 to 5:
Women and Men at Work.

You Just Don't Understand!:
Women and Men in Conversation

That's Not What I Meant!:
How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships


Talking from 9 to 5:
Women and Men at Work

A New York Times Business Best Seller

This groundbreaking book does for the workplace what Tannen's international bestseller You Just Don't Understand did 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.  
To read a brief article by Deborah Tannen about this book, click here .
There is also a 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


Deborah Tannen - Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work

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Also Available:
abridged audio version
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Foreign Editions:
Argentina, Vergara
China, Commonwealth
Germany, Kabel
Holland, Prometheus
Indonesia, Mizan Pustaka
Italy, Frasinelli
Japan, Kodansha; Shohakusha
Korea, Yemun
Poland, Zysk i Ska
Russia, Eksmo
Sweden, Wahlstrom & Widstrand
Taiwan, Commonwealth
United Kingdom, Virago

© 2009 Deborah Tannen