After watching the presidential debates, Ross Gerber took note of teaching moments for his male trainees. No matter the outcome of the election, the divisive rhetoric and poor communications between the two candidates has demonstrated how problematic “mansplaining” can be.

Mansplaining isn't limited to political discourse. And that practice — where a man explains something to someone, typically a woman, in a condescending or patronizing manner — is one financial planners would do well to avoid, says Gerber, president and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management in Santa Monica, California.

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