We are Poker Power pt.2 | Poker Power

In a recent article, Poker Power’s founder, Jenny Just explained that for women, playing poker means gaining everything, with little to lose. Skills like negotiation, emotional intelligence, and decision-making are fostered on the felt while risk-taking is encouraged, and betting on yourself is always the right choice.

Beyond transferrable skills, it also opens the door to more confident conversations around finances. Historically, money has been a sensitive topic for women, especially in business, and that unease means we’re often leaving money on the table. But, as Just explains, “you don’t have to be fluent in money, but you have to be conversational in money.” Poker lays the groundwork for that dialogue. 

We asked a few of our community members what else poker helps with and they were eager to show us their cards.

Finding your voice

Poker Power has been absolutely crucial in finding my professional voice in every role I have been in with them. When I first started to learn poker, I was initially nervous about it. Poker was very intimidating because of its traditional yet uninviting male audience and its emphasis on the movement of real money in the form of gambling. After my first lesson, I realized that this game was about translatable business skills and confidence. 

Approaching situations unapologetically

Once our office learned poker, collectively we felt “smarter,” and our newly found confidence drives us towards unapologetic decision-making.
We’re also considering options more broadly – always weighing the opportunities for success.
I recently had the opportunity to visit with women in our offices across the United States.  One woman pulled me aside to speak to me about a recent promotion and raise she had achieved.  She was careful to cite that the messages that she learned with Poker Power around being “bold,” and broader messages around “asking for what you want,” empowered her to go in and ask for the raise and promotion she got.

Navigating life’s tough hands

I’ve learned how to make sure I am getting a fair deal and put myself in advantageous situations by comparing this to pot odds. Plus, I’ve learned how to better navigate and handle variance and my emotions. I now focus on the quality of my decision-making, not the outcome of the hand.

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