Have you ever encountered an issue at work that was brought on by a difference in generations? Itâ€™s not surprising that this happens â€” based on when we are born, we have different opinions, different experiences and different perceptions. We can learn how to overcome these differences, however.
The Chamber (Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo) is scheduled to host a program called â€śWhat?! How to Create Effective Intergenerational Communication.â€ť The event will begin with a 7:15 a.m. breakfast, with the program running from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the NDSCS Fargo (Skills & Technology Training Center), 1305 19th Ave. N., Fargo.
Communication issues are prevalent in todayâ€™s multi-generational work force. Itâ€™s no wonder with one generation needing to hold face-to-face meetings while another has invented an entirely new written language made up of abbreviations. Learn from our panel representing different generations how to effectively improve face-to-face, written and electronic communication in the workplace.
The panel includes:
Brandie Berg, Ulteig
Bill Brenan, Brenan’s Dry Cleaning
Meghann Poku, Dunn Bros Coffee
Kia Ullrich, Sundog
Jessica Julig-Weedman, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Adlina Paramarta, North Dakota State University
Nick Gard, University of Mary
Grace Boese, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Cost to attend is $17 for Chamber members who are pre-registered, $25 for Chamber members at the door, and $40 for general admission. For more information or to register, check out the registration page.
Millennials, those born between 1979 and 1999, are often touted as the hardest to communicate with. According to USA Rise Up, this generation tends to be highly creative, well educated and technologically proficient. According to the article, â€śthey prefer written communication over the spoken word, and prefer to receive a text than an email. They are quite content to let their electronic device talk to you electronic device, rather than to meet for a heart-to-heart discussion. â€¦ Millennials enjoy communications that move fast.â€ť
So how do you talk to them? USA Rise Up offers a few tips:
Use humor. Millenials like to have fun and would prefer to keep the atmosphere light-hearted.
Make good use of action verbs. Inspire them with words that create excitement.
Be precise. Shorthand is necessary to communicate a message with brevity.
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