Jennifer Openshaw Says: Hey Ladies ??? Speak Up!

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We all know that women have this reputation to gab, but studies say that women might not talk enough when it comes to financial or other matters.

I know, you're shocked. We don't talk enough.

The study, by professor James Pennebaker at the University of Texas, says men actually blab more than women when making decisions.

That's what WeSeed is all about: coming together to talk about what we know and love so we can all learn together.

Here's my advice, which I'll be offering to WalletPop readers on a regular basis, so tune in...


Women tend to chat before they make decisions; men tend to pontificate more after their decisions are made. At the end of the day, men match women word for word-both genders yap about 16,000 words a day on average. This tendency for men to chat up more is actually something we see in the world of investing our money. And, hey, we see it all day long at the sports bars, right?

But what does this mean for you? How can we put this knowledge to good use?

Well, there are several areas. First, with your money, chances are you need to get into the conversation, but you need to do it on your own terms, in a way that's structured but comfortable. You might form an investment club or check out the forums at a site like WeSeed.com.

In the workplace, we often don't ask for raises or don't know how to have a conversation about it. It's a little scary if you've never done it before, or don't have someone whispering a script in your ear. And if you're a working woman, chances are you're facing more pressure to balance it all. Studies show that if women had more time, 50% said they would work a second job. Also, 43%said they would spend more time with their families, according to a Ask a Working Woman survey. Ultimately, women are being over-worked and under-paid-all while feeling like the MIA mom.

So don't forget. If there's some area in your life where you're not where you want to be -- like your money or your job -- chances are you need to do some more talking.

Jennifer Openshaw, author of The Millionaire Zone, is co-founder and president of WeSeed, a new company whose mission is to enable people to discover the stock market in their everyday lives through their passions, their fashion, their careers, their kids, and the brands they know and love.
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