Why Didn't You Say That in the First Place?: How to Be Understood at Work / Edition 1

Why Didn't You Say That in the First Place?: How to Be Understood at Work / Edition 1

by Richard Heyman
     
 

Welcome to the Information Age...an age in which miraculous machines help us communicate at lightning speed with people throughout an office, throughout a corporation and throughout the world. Never before have the avenues of expression at our disposal been so immediate, so far-reaching or so varied. But as surely as these technological marvels heighten our ability

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Welcome to the Information Age...an age in which miraculous machines help us communicate at lightning speed with people throughout an office, throughout a corporation and throughout the world. Never before have the avenues of expression at our disposal been so immediate, so far-reaching or so varied. But as surely as these technological marvels heighten our ability to inform and interact, so do they increase the chances for costly miscommunication.In Why Didn't You Say That in the First Place?, Richard Heyman breaks the business communications barrier that leads to unnecessary misunderstandings. Drawing on his academic background in conversation analysis and his real-world experience addressing business communication problems, Heyman provides a practical, hands-on method of making sure what you meant to say is clearly understood by all.Here, in lively, down-to-earth language, Heyman explains how to- Overcome the ambiguities of language and use our skills as both speaker and listener to create shared meaning,- Rise above stereotypes and use strategic talk to communicate with everyone at work,- Learn to systematically use questions, examples, and paraphrasing in everyday conversations,- Build a workplace culture that encourages people to say, without fear, "I don't understand."Using anecdotes, checklists, and examples taken from actual organizational transcripts as learning tools, this book gives you the power to ensure that your point — whether spoken or written — always comes across loud and, most importantly, clear.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555426538
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Series:
Management Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD HEYMAN is a specialist in the use of language in everyday life, a professor at the University of Calgary, and president of Richard Heyman Associates, a business communications consulting company. He lives in Calgary, Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xvii

The Author xix

Part One Why Nobody Understands You

1 For Your Ears Only: Why Misunderstanding Is Normal 3

2 Beyond Mind Reading: The Power of Strategic Talk 24

Part Two How You Can Increase the Odds in Your Favor

3 When Words Are Deeds: Talk That Make Work Happen 51

4 Hearing Is Believing: Talk and the Written Word 72

5 Differences That Make a Difference: Talking Across Stereotypes 92

Part Three What Your Organization Can Do to Help

6 Building a Culture That Supports Understanding 113

7 Communicating When Understanding Is Critical 135

8 Creating a New Accountability 155

References 175

Index 177

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