Why Women Explain and Men Don’t



How many times have you had to cancel on someone and when you called  to leave a message, you explained every last detail? “I’m sorry, but I have to cancel my appointment today. My son has a cold and his teacher called me to say that he’s now got a fever. He’s been dealing with this cold since July. Anyway, I’m on my way to pick him up now. I’ll call back and reschedule.”  Sound familiar?

Well, the truth is for whatever reason women feel compelled to explain themselves. Perhaps it’s a fear of looking bad and somehow a long-winded explanation makes us feel better.

Now let’s see what men do when they cancel. “Hi, it’s Joe, I can’t make my appointment, I’ll call back later.”

After 20 years of owning my business, I found that men never explained their cancellations, they simply cancelled. Women at times would go on so long my voice mail would cut them off.

So, what gives? Why do we feel the need to explain down to every sorted detail? Is it necessary? Does it make a difference? I’m thinking it’s just one of those things that separates the ladies from the men.

What do you think? Are you guilty?


Here’s to never wishing for more time rather making the most of it!


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