Teen Spirit

Diff'rent Strokes

Where do the differences lie in He-speak and She-speak?

Content: Author Judith C. Tingley says research shows men prefer to talk about business, money and sports. Women generally like to converse about people, feelings and relationships.

Style: Men communicate in order to solve a problem. Women speak to understand and be understood. "For men, communication is a means to an end. For women, it is an end in and of itself," says Tingley.

Structure: Tingley says men tend to be brief and more concise. Women are more detailed, more descriptive and less specific.

Contact Sources

HQ2O Beverages,http://www.hq2o.com

Intromark Inc., 217 Ninth St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3506, (800) 851-6030

Mobile Traveling Case, (800) 422-0871

Performance Improvement Pros Inc., (602) 371-1652, http://www.gendersell.com

T-Mac Sports, (888) 323-5658, http://www.tmacsports.com

UltraTech Products Inc., (800) 316-8668, http://www.flatulence-filter.com

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Karen E. Spaeder is a freelance business writer in Southern California.

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This article was originally published in the October 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Teen Spirit.

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