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How women can use their poker skills in their careers and beyond

According to Zippia, around 95% of poker players are currently men. Peak6 co-founder Jenny Just joins Wealth! to share insight into her mission to help more women in business learn poker skills to boost their business acumen and more.

Just explains how her mission began: “We actually started with my daughter, and today we teach everyone from ten to senior women in companies. We’re in the market. In the last three years, we’ve taught at over 280 companies and organizations in 40 countries, and it’s just incredible that they’re all willing to learn this game. And understand the benefits that it brings.”

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This article was written by Nicolas Jacobino

Video transcript

Consider some of the qualities needed to succeed in business: strong negotiation skills, interpersonal skills, risk-taking, and an unusual location.

You can see some of these skills in action poker.

About 95% of professional poker players are male.

According to Zip, our next guest’s mission is to teach more women poker skills as a way to improve their business and life skills.

And to learn more about it, Jenna, co-founder of PokerPower and Adjust Peak Six, is with us now.

Nice to have you here in our program.

We’ve just gone through some of the skills you can develop while playing poker.

Of course, you have to put on a poker face and negotiate, which can be very important when looking for a new job.

What top skills do you think are transferable from the poker table to the business world, Brad?

Thank you for having me here today. We’re so excited to share this information with you because ironically, this game has been around for hundreds of years and women haven’t played it. Poker is a skill to learn and an incredible skill to build, especially for women.

The abilities.

We place emphasis on teaching strategy, allocating capital and teaching risk taking.

And Jenny, when you think about getting more women into poker, what are Poker Power and Peak Six doing to make sure more people flock to the – let’s call it – sport?

Should we call it a game?

What to do, what, what mental exercise, we love it.

We call it a sport, an athletic ability.

Yes absolutely.

So, how do you go about it?

Yes.

So we are definitely on a mission.

We want to teach the first million girls and women who ever played.

Um, and the most important thing is that we have our male allies to support us because there’s no reason why it should just be a card game.

We actually started with my daughter and today we teach everyone from when she was 14, and today we teach everyone from 10 all the way up to women in senior leadership positions.

We have been in the market for three years and have taught to over 280 companies and organizations in 40 countries. It is just incredible that they are all willing to learn this game and understand the benefits it brings.

You know, when we sit around the table, you know that men have been doing this for years.

They do it because it’s fun.

Right?

And first of all, we have a lot of fun.

Secondly, we build a network among ourselves, which men have also been using for years.

But the most important thing is that we learned this very early on from one of our current US banking clients who took his senior executive and their clients to our basic poker course.

And the next morning, this, uh, older lady wrote me a note, “exciting, exciting event” in one sentence.

I realized I wasn’t playing to win.

This game allows women to practice learning the skill of winning because it’s not just about not losing, it’s about playing to win.

And that’s what we teach you at Poker Power. Just lastly, while we have you here. We only have about 45 seconds here.

But when we think about the love that many people have for the stock market, some sometimes describe it as gambling.

Poker actually is and can be a game of chance.

And I mean, it’s thrown into that area.

How can you differentiate between the two and make sure you don’t have a gambler’s mindset in something that’s more about investing than strategy?

What I like about poker is the opportunity to teach and practice negotiation skills.

There is no money exchanged at Poker Power and the women learn these skills every day when they sit at the table with us. They learn how to develop strategies, they learn how to adapt and be flexible with their strategy.

They learn to weigh risks and rewards, not just avoid risks, and most importantly, they learn how to negotiate with a person at the end of the day.

Poker is not about the carts, it’s about the people at the table.

And where else in the world can you practice negotiating instead of actually negotiating?

This is a tremendous opportunity for women to participate in sports, as they do not do so in their hobbies and leisure time when they are young.

That’s why we’re so excited that your audience is coming to us and including women and girls in their lives.

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