Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is best known as the author of You Just Don’t Understand, 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 29 languages. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. Deborah Tannen‘s book Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work, a New York Times Business Best Seller, does for the workplace what her earlier book did for women and men talking at home. She has also made a training video, Talking 9 to 5. Deborah Tannen‘s book The Argument Culture won the Common Ground book award, and her book I Only Say This Because I Love You, about adult family relationships, won the Books for a Better Life award. Deborah Tannen has recorded two series of audiotaped lectures as part of the Recorded Books’ Modern Scholar series. Her latest book–her twentieth–You’re Wearing THAT?, about conversations between mothers and adult daughters, is also a New York Times best seller.

Deborah Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows, including Nightline, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR shows such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show. She has written and been featured in most major magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, and The Harvard Business Review.

A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Deborah Tannen combines the results of years of research and observation with videotaped real-life footage of office interaction to give her audiences a new framework for understanding and improving workplace communication, especially between women and men and among speakers of different cultural backgrounds. Deborah Tannen has enlightened and inspired audiences all over the world, including major corporations, financial institutions, and consulting firms as well as the Board of the Wharton School and a gathering of United States senators and their spouses.

Deborah Tannen is on the linguistics department faculty at Georgetown University, where she is one of only two in the College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of university professor.