Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace

Berrett-Koehler. Mar. 2020. 216p. ISBN 9781523087402. pap. $19.95. SELF-HELP
Sexual harassment prevention consultant Beaulieu holds that uncomfortable conversations about sexual violence and harassment are worth having and that they require skills that can be mastered by anyone motivated to do so. The author introduces a five-step framework for having these conversations: know the facts; feel uncomfortable; get curious, not furious; see the whole picture; and embrace practical questions. Beaulieu examines each aspect of her subject through real-life scenarios, humor, storytelling, and self-assessments. Practice conversations help readers navigate the difficult world of compliments, displays of affection, and offhand remarks.
VERDICT A fine first step in promoting and participating in the healing and prevention of sexual offense.

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