Conduct more productive conversations.

As a working parent, you lead meetings, advocate for your children, and make presentations that win clients—all with ease. But when your personal life spills into your professional life—whether it's negotiating a schedule change with your boss or talking to your spouse about responsibilities at home—it can be a challenge to communicate effectively and reach agreement.

Communicate Better with Everyone provides the expert advice, sample language, and practical solutions you need to help you have more productive conversations with everyone, from your manager to yourself.

You'll learn to:

  • Discuss your career and family commitments with your boss
  • Set boundaries—and stick to them
  • Create a safe environment for open, honest conversations
  • Decide whether—and what—to disclose when facing a personal crisis
  • Talk back to your inner critic

The HBR Working Parents Series with Daisy Dowling, Series Editor, supports readers as you anticipate challenges, learn how to advocate for yourself more effectively, juggle your impossible schedule, and find fulfillment at home and at work. Whether you're up with a newborn or planning the future with your teen, you'll find the practical tips, strategies, and research you need to make working parenthood work for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Seires Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction: Can We Talk?
  7. Section 1: Listen—and Be Heard: Have Productive and Balanced Conversations
    1. 1. Four Conversations Every Overwhelmed Working Parent Should Have
    2. 2. Set Boundaries, Foil Boundary Predators, and Say No
    3. 3. What Great Listeners Actually Do
    4. 4. How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match
    5. 5. Be Someone Others Can Confide In
  8. Section 2: Use Your Words: Turn Adversarial Conversations into Civil Discourse
    1. 6. How to Make Sure You’re Heard in a Difficult Conversation
    2. 7. Eight Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track
    3. 8. When to Skip a Difficult Conversation
  9. Section 3: Mentioning the Unmentionables: Tough Discussions at Work
    1. 9. Communicating Through a Personal Crisis
    2. 10. When You Need to Take Time Off Work for Mental Health Reasons
    3. 11. Asking for an Extended Leave for a Family Issue
  10. Section 4: Table Talk: Tough Discussions with Your Family
    1. 12. How to Negotiate with Your Kids
    2. 13. Help Your Partner Cope with Work Stress
    3. 14. What You Should Tell Your Kids About Finding a Career
  11. Section 5: If You Can’t Say Something Nice . . . : Keep Your Self-Talk Positive
    1. 15. How to Talk to Yourself with Compassion
    2. 16. Make Peace with Your Inner Critic
  12. Epilogue: Last Word
    1. 17. Being a Parent Made Me a Better Manager, and Vice Versa
  13. Notes
  14. About the Contributors
  15. Index