I have been speaking on the generations for about 5 years now, and I have to admit I love this topic! The Generation programs connect me to the youngest members of an organization. Many times when I have finished a program a Gen Y will come up to me and share their story.Here’s one that I want to share with you! (The Set-up)
My program starts by giving the audience information on each generation such as events that occurred in history during their impressionable years, technology used, ways the family communicated, and so on. When I get to Generation Y, those born between 1978 and 2000, I start off saying that back in the mid-eighties we started seeing “Baby on Board” yellow signs hanging from the rear windows of cars and minivans.
The message to other drivers was, “BE CAREFUL because in this car is precious cargo-my baby!” Well, that precious cargo is now in the workplace. We have a generation that is preoccupied with their own identity. Think about it! They grew up with their parents and teachers telling them that they were special like individual snowflakes. Moms started dressing their little girls in princess costumes and it wasn’t Halloween. Kids were told, “You can be a princess everyday!” and they believed it!
When I finished the program last week at an association conference, a Gen Y woman came up to me and admitted to me that she actually thought that she was a real princess- royalty and all, until she was in the 5th grade! When she found out that she wasn’t she was devastated for a very long time.
You can’t make this stuff up!