Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen

Renowned Relationship and Communication Expert, Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, and Best-Selling Author

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Renowned Relationship and Communication Expert,
Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University,
and Best-Selling Author

Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships.  She is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages.  This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.

Books

Among her other books, You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives, a New York Times best seller, received a Books for a Better Life Award and was featured on 20/20 and NPR's Morning Edition;You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation spent ten weeks on the New York Times best seller list; Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work was a New York Times Business best seller; The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words received the Common Ground Book Award; and I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults received a Books for a Better Life Award. Her newest book, You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, was released last summer.

Media

Deborah Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows, including The Colbert Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Talk Show, PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Oprah, Hardball, Nightline, many shows on CNN and NPR including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and Fresh Air.  She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Atlantic, USA Today, People, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

Honors

Deborah Tannen is one of only six in Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor.  She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and spent a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; she has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in Palo Alto, California. The recipient of five honorary doctorates, she is a member of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Board of Directors.

Publications

In addition to her eight books for general audiences, Tannen is author or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences.  She has also published poems, short stories, and personal essays.  Her first play, "An Act of Devotion," is included in The Best American Short Plays 1993-1994.  It was produced, together with her play "Sisters," by Horizons Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

TALKING FROM 9 TO 5: WOMEN AND MEN IN THE WORKPLACE

Why don’t we just say what we mean? We do—but how we say what we mean tends to vary by gender (as well as by many other influences, such as culture, region, and personality). Most ways of speaking work well when expectations are shared but can result in miscommunication and mis-evaluation when they’re not. Drawing on the original research described in her best-selling books, You Just Don’t Understand and Talking from 9 to 5, and tracing gender patterns to children’s use of language in same-sex play, Dr. Tannen explains how women and men tend to (and are expected to) use language in the workplace—and how the differences in those conversational styles can affect who gets heard, who gets ahead, and what gets done. Presenting video clips of real interaction to illustrate both children’s play and adults’ use of language at work, the lecture provides an overview of the many ways of speaking that can vary by gender, then explores in depth how women and men tell others what to do. The lecture concludes with suggestions for avoiding and overcoming the negative consequences of differing speaking patterns, giving audience members tools to use to improve their work lives.

CAN WE TALK? WOMEN AND MEN IN CONVERSATION OR SHE SAID/HE SAID: WOMEN AND MEN TALKING

Talk between women and men can feel at times like cross-cultural communication. The reason, Deborah Tannen shows, is that, in many ways, it is! Drawing on the original research described in her #1, four-year New York Times best-seller You Just Don’t Understand, Dr. Tannen shows why women and men can walk away from the same conversation with completely different ideas of what was said. Tracing gendered patterns to children’s use of language at play-- illustrated by real-life video clips-- the lecture then uses examples of typical conversations to uncover the logic behind both women’s and men’s conversational styles, and to explain how those differences can lead to frustration on both sides. With her amusing and non-judgmental approach, Dr. Tannen concludes with suggestions for avoiding and overcoming miscommunication resulting from gender-related ways of speaking. Based on an organization’s needs and interests, the lecture can include exploration of adult family relationships, and can also focus on any one of these: mothers and daughters sisters and brothers women's and men's use of social media

CONVERSATIONAL STYLE

  • You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships
    You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships Purchase Book
  • You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives
    You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives Purchase Book
  • You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation
    You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation Purchase Book
  • I Only Say This because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids when You're All Adults
    I Only Say This because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids when You're All Adults Purchase Book
  • That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships
    That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships Purchase Book
  • You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation
    You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation Purchase Book

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