Code Switching: How to Talk So Men Will Listen

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Day-to-day, face-to-face workplace communication between men and women is often dysfunctional because each gender employs different speech pat­terns. When careers and paychecks are on the line, clear communication is crucial-from the mailroom to the boardroom. Code Switching explains what to say, how to say it, how to be taken seriously, and how to act while speaking with the opposite sex for maximum effectiveness in the workplace. Included are:

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Overview

Mars and Venus head to work...

Day-to-day, face-to-face workplace communication between men and women is often dysfunctional because each gender employs different speech pat­terns. When careers and paychecks are on the line, clear communication is crucial-from the mailroom to the boardroom. Code Switching explains what to say, how to say it, how to be taken seriously, and how to act while speaking with the opposite sex for maximum effectiveness in the workplace. Included are:

•How men and women manage conversation, and the value of "chitchat" prior to a meeting.

•How men use language to impart information and women use language to build or indicate rela­tionship.

•How men use e-mail to emphasize control while women use it to share and build rapport.

•How women can use language to build their credibility.

•How humor is used as a power play, to build ter­ritory, or to exclude others.

•How gender talk creates and shapes work rela­tionships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592579266
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Damken Brown, Ph.D., founder and president of Damken Brown, is a speaker, consultant, author, and senior manager who works on gender issues in the workplace, mentoring, and harassment. Audrey Nelson, Ph.D. is a communication consultant, author, head of a corporate communication company, and former professor.
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Table of Contents

1 From the Playground to the Boardroom 1

2 Women in the Social Maintenance Department 19

3 Getting Down to Business 37

4 Is Anyone listening? 53

5 The Mechanics of Gender Communication 67

6 A Talent for a Technical Age 79

7 It's What You Don't Say That Means a Lot 93

8 Are You Wearing That? 115

9 Fight Fair and Get What's Yours 127

10 Ask for What You Deserve 145

11 Managing the Office Bully 159

12 Workplace Humor 175

13 Don't Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve 189

14 Keep Your Hands to Yourself 201

15 Cupid at the Office 219

16 Leading the Way Up the Corporate Ladder 229

17 Stand Up and Deliver 245

18 Power Networking and Mentoring 257

19 Making Career Conquests 271

20 Cracking the Gender Communication Code 285

Resources 295

Index 303

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    Learning the Code

    "Does it ever seem that men are speaking in code and you're on the outside?

    Do they shut you down or ignore you when you speak?
    Perhaps you are speaking in code, too - a different code."

    This is the basis behind Code Switching-how to talk so men will listen by Claire Damken Brown and Audrey Nelson. Here is a book also based on how to get ahead in a male dominated workplace but again I think we can use these same principles in our home life. I am well aware ...more "Does it ever seem that men are speaking in code and you're on the outside?

    Do they shut you down or ignore you when you speak?
    Perhaps you are speaking in code, too - a different code."

    This is the basis behind Code Switching-how to talk so men will listen by Claire Damken Brown and Audrey Nelson. Here is a book also based on how to get ahead in a male dominated workplace but again I think we can use these same principles in our home life. I am well aware that the communication skills I have with my Dear Hubby is not just by chance. Both of us come from previous marriages and we have taken what we learned from our mistakes to make this marriage stronger.

    The number one skill is communication. And I had to learn that we did not speak the same language even though it sounded the same. We did learn about Code Switching. Brown and Nelson remind us that "men and women DO have unique communication styles that don't always mesh well. Code Switching offers a way of "reaching across the aisle" to open the lines of communication. It helps both women and men crack the gender code and speak in common terms, so work gets done, conflict gets resolved, and mutual understanding and respect prevail . in the workplace and beyond." This book focuses on working women and how they can best communicate to get their message across to the men they work with. For men are pretty straight forward in business and women often look at how a business interacts. Both of these factors are great for a companies growth, but only if all can communicate to each other.

    I know I have used the skills that I employed in the work world in my home life. I am sure you have too. This just may be a book that can be a cross over for both work, home and social help. I would recommend it to those who would like to be able to have good communication skills where ever they are.

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