Why bring in a Speaker to Address the Generational Gap?
According to the Pew Research Center “this year (2015), the ‘Millennial’ generation is projected to surpass the outsized Baby Boom generation as the nation’s largest living generation.” Falling in the middle of these two generations are the GenXers, those who were born between the 1960’s and the 1980’s. Though they all have very different experiences and perspectives in and about the workplace, all must coexist and remain focused on the collective goals of a company’s growth and success. At times this means bringing in a speaker who understands how to bridge the various generational gaps-cultural, communicational and technological- in ways that make everyone feel enriched and enlightened. Executive Speakers Bureau has numerous speakers who have figured out how to address a room filled with different generations and get them all to a same place of understanding. They have figured out that there are several approaches to which everyone can relate, regardless of birth year.
Speakers Seth Mattison and Amy Lynch have presentations that are highly interactive, thus keeping up with the demand of a generation that has grown up hyperconnected and interacting globally through the swipe of a screen. Mattison’s use of personal anecdotes and humor underpin the three qualities of his presentations: “entertainment, information and motivation.” He understands that whether an audience member was born during the release of Apple I or the Apple iPhone, a funny life story will grab her attention. Lynch, who once managed four generations of employees at one time, uses her high energy speeches to keep everyone engaged, appeasing her listeners regardless of the generation to which they belong.
Ryan Estis and Garrison Wynn combine traditional platforms, such as live speaking engagements, with modern platforms, such as online courses, to convey their messages designed to increase business performance. Estis keeps everyone engrossed by offering actionable content, giving all generations the opportunity to process information as it relates to them and immediately act upon it. Comparative conversation can then ensue, fostering understandings even before they return to their respective work spaces. Wynn, who has written the Amazon.com best-selling book “The REAL Truth About Success” (and dare we say offering reading material online is, in itself, bridging a generational gap) stays in high-demand, having become known as a speaker whose live performances are “magnetic!” Magnetism is appealing whether one grew up watching VHS tapes or is growing up watching Netflix.
David Stillman, also one of Executive Speakers Bureau’s generational speakers, has years of expertise in addressing generational issues in the workplace. He is co-founder of BridgeWorks, a company “dedicated to speaking, writing, training, entertaining, and consulting” on these issues. He has worked with a wide range of organizations, ranging from the IRS to MTV, engaging the various generations of staff in ways that nurture tolerance, adaptability and compatibility. This makes for the successful bridging of gaps between generations who have more in common than many may realize, or perhaps wish to admit.