I recently had the privilege of talking to a group of young public relations professionals here in Oklahoma City about generations. The title of my presentation was “Don’t Let Anyone Look Down On You Because You Are Young.” If you’re familiar with scripture then you know that inspiration for the title came from Saint Paul’s letter to younger counsels he was mentoring including Timothy for which the letter is named.
I was so impressed by this group of young professionals, particularly their willingness to understand differences among the generations. I will never forget the many challenges I faced as a young professional and I truly love imparting hard-learned lessons learned to others. There are so many things I wish someone had told me when I was in my 20s.
I’ve uploaded my presentation slides to Google Docs. Click here to have a look. They are brief, but provided a framework for the information I presented. The last slide is a Don’t Let Anyone Look Down On You
Because You Are Young Pocket Guide that features “10 Commandments” for young professionals. This was the meaty stuff during which I talked about forming secret pacts, studying the hole in the tree of each generation and throwing out business plans in favor of survival guides. I could write a book on each one of these 10 topics.
Finally, in the spirit of Generation Y, the current generation of young professionals in the workforce, here is an infographic that’s all about them. Gen Y is often called Millennials, but I prefer the progression of Generation X, Y and Z, especially since we’re all in this together. (Life Post 9/11, and the Great Recession that began in September 2008.)
Enjoy! And, don’t let anyone look down on you no matter how old you are!!
(This is gigantic and flows into my right margin, which is annoying, but I wanted you to be able to see this without clicking away.)
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