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A few weeks ago I spoke to the Texas Association of Fairs and Events in Austin ,Texas. This diverse audience is responsible for all the fun, food, and festivities at places like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, State Fair of Texas and so much more. If ever a group needed to learn about Gen Y it was this one! Not only do they hire young people on a daily basis, but their #1 customer is young! Here’s what I had to say … Continue reading
Here are just a few things I have learned in the past few months from a Gen Y:
1. There’s a new world of communications out there- learn it, embrace it, and connect.
2. Stop talking and start listening. There are newer, quicker, better ways to do things.
3. Think green and stop printing out everything.
4. Spend money and invest in digital products like Go-to-Webinar, Camtasia, Prezi ,Screenr, and other cool tools…oh and you have to learn how to use them
5. Please don’t call and don’t waste your time leaving a message- text or connect through Facebook or Twitter
6. Give some ideas away but remember to value your time and charge accordingly. You will attract the people who value you and your message and let the others go.
7. Forget about pushing your ideas out there. Pushing is offensive and old-school. Today we are using social media to pull the audience to you. Start posting consistently.
8. This generation is not cynical- they love feedback, motivation, encouragement, and exciting projects AND they will put in the extra time if they are into it!
9. People want their information when they want it and where they want it…Make digital products (and we are.)
10. Respect your elders… Continue reading
That said, several colleagues have asked what I attribute my busy keynote speaking schedule to, being that it has been such challenging times? The answer is simple… The Generations!!!
I started studying and talking about the Generations in 2007. My tried and true program on Personal Branding has a component in it where I ask the audience 4 questions:
* Who are you?
* What do you do?
* Who do you do it for?
* And … What makes YOU better and different from the rest?
When I got to the question, “Who do you do it for?” I realized that no matter what business you are in, you are going to rub up against Gen Y! If you haven’t noticed, Gen Y is changing the way we do business and they are changing workplace behaviors. Leadership and management will never be the same! Continue reading
“At one point in The Seven Women, I was laughing so hard I had to put my head down. You were the best.” -Mary Ettinger, President – Leadership Texas “Karen was so phenomenal….She has become the standard in which we … Continue reading
Over the past year I have worked with many associations either keynoting on the generations, presenting workshops exploring generations or facilitating leadership retreats where we inevitably start talking about the generations – and I have discovered that associations all seem … Continue reading