How to Listen and How to Be Heard: Inclusive Conversations at Work

  • 3h 49m
  • Alissa Carpenter
  • Red Wheel/Weiser
  • 2020

For anyone who has ever felt their voice isn't heard at work. This is a guide on how to empower yourself and others to communicate with people who think, act, and experience things differently than you do, and do so with more confidence, candor, and authenticity.

Too often, people avoid difficult conversations; but these discussions often need to happen to bring people together so we can all succeed.

There’s no denying that our workplaces are more diverse than ever. Age, race, gender—there are so many different perspectives and experiences being brought to the table. And the best employees and leaders know that harnessing the power of these differences will build stronger teams, ideas, and organizations. But how do we do this? If we all think, feel, and act so differently, how do we get anything done?

The first step is recognizing that these differences exist. And that they’re here to stay. We need to respect and embrace our varied viewpoints, and then we can start to communicate across (not against) them.

How to Listen and How to be Heard shows you how to bridge the conversation gap and use your unique voice to start powerful conversations. This book is about learning how to communicate with, through, and alongside what makes us different. It’s about open dialogue and practical tools that get everyone on the same page—or at least in the same room. It’s not about quick fixes or the absence of conflict; it’s about working toward authentic communication in the workplace—for managers, employees, and colleagues from all fields. It’s about remembering that we’re all here to work together.

About the Author

Alissa Carpenter is a multigenerational workplace expert and owner of Everything’s Not Ok and That’s OK, where she provides training, consulting, and speaking services to organizations all over the world. Carpenter has delivered a TEDx talk on authentic workplace communication, and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, ABC, FOX, and CNN Money.

In this Book

  • Putting Our Strengths into Action
  • Navigating the Multigenerational Workforce
  • Having Real Conversations About Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Opening Communication, Breaking Down Silos
  • Making the Most of In-Person Meetings
  • Connecting a Virtual Workforce
  • Breaking Through the Screen Barrier
  • Communicating with Intention—Choosing a Medium
  • Mixing Up Meetings and the Power of New Spaces
  • Working with Toxic People
  • Turning Down Ideas, Not People
  • Saying No and Setting Boundaries
  • Being Present, Being Accessible
  • Going Beyond the Small Talk
  • Building a Culture of Trust
  • Communicating Change and Embracing It
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