How To Communicate With Millennials

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One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about millennials is the way millennials communicate. Scratch that… It’s the lack of communication from millennials.

Or so people say.

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Many people believe millennials are poor communicators. They lack the social and emotional skills to interact with other people.

This is far from the truth. Millennials are great communicators. If you know how to communicate with them.

How To Communicate With Millennials

Millennials are an evergrowing part of the workforce. According to one study, millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. That’s a large number.

It’s a scary number to many. This is because they don’t know how to communicate with millennials. They see millennials as scary, aloof, and uncaring.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From IT: Chapter Two

At the end of the original IT movie, the Losers Club (Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Martell), Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard), Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff)) believe they have defeated the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård). In It: Chapter Two, we learn they only wounded Pennywise. He makes a violent return 27 years later to the town of Derry, Maine.

It: Chapter Two reunites the Losers Club 27 years to Derry. Mike had stayed in Derry to keep watch over the town. He knew he had to watch for Pennywise’s return. He was wise to do so.

Members of the Losers Club standing in the woods

When Pennywise returned, Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) began to call the old Losers (Bev (Jessica Chastain), Bill (James McAvoy), Richie (Bill Hader), Eddie (James Ransone), and Stanley (Andy Bean). He knew they had to make good on their commitment to return to Derry if ever Pennywise returned.

Helping College Freshmen Through The Awkward In-Between.

This is a guest post by Crystal Chiang. Crystal, along with co-author Gerald Fadyomi, recently released their latest devotional Starting Now: A 30-Day Guide to Becoming Who You Want to Be in College. They hope for it to be a guide to recent high school graduates as they start college.

For teenagers who grew up in faith communities, the transition to college can be a tough one for a number of reasons. Whether they move away or stay home, chances are graduating means they’re no longer in the youth group. And that means…

Cover of the book Starting Now

  • Their high school friendships aren’t in the same place anymore
  • Their previous mentors aren’t around
  • Their normal go-to for community isn’t an option anymore.

The Problems People Have With Millennials

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Whenever I take a look at millennials and the problems people have with them, I have to chuckle. Most of the problems aren’t common only to millennials.

Every generation has had its outspoken, arrogant, and “selfish” individuals. These are the problems you often hear about the millennial generation. But these are problems every generation have caused.

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So, what’re the real problems people have with millennials?

The Problems People Have With Millennials

1. Millennials desire and live out their passions:

Take a minute and listen to a millennial. Ask them why they work and what they want to do with their lives. Their answer will differ from yours.

You might say you desire to have a nuclear family, a stable, well-paying job, and a home base. The items you want tend to be safety and security. To do this, you are willing to put your passions to the side and work for the man.

What’s Up With Millennials?

Leading Millennials

A question that I’ve been asked frequently is: How do you lead a millennial? Many leaders find it a difficult task to effectively lead young adults in this category.

Truth be told, millennials are a hard group to even define. The definition of who is and who isn’t a millennial varies from person to person.

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Is someone in Generation Y a millennial? What about Generation Z? Or could it be someone from Generation X?

The definition of a millennial isn’t clear. That’s okay. Their attributes are.

What Is A Millennial?

When you think of a millennial, what do you think of? Do you think:

  • Man-buns
  • Tight jeans
  • Lazy
  • Selfies
  • Hipsters
  • Unmotivated
  • Cell phone addicts

There’s plenty of negative connotations that come with the label of millennial. It is easy to quickly label millennials lazy or unmotivated or self-centered. It’s what the media tells us millennials are.