When I tell you I’m “going to get back to you by the end of the day,” what does that mean to you? And what about how you interpret “get back to you?” You might be surprised to hear that what those phrases mean to you depends on your age. And how you respond to a compliment depends on your gender, in addition to context.
Our question this episode: how can we best communicate across generational and gender differences?
This episode’s topic brings me back to a listener question from episode 6 about how to communicate with someone who is in a different generation. I’ll include a link to that on the webpage for this episode, because it’s a great companion piece for the conversation today with Lee Caraher.
This topic feels personally relevant, as my husband and I are from two different generations; he’s a Boomer, and I’m a Gen Xer. We’re 10 years apart in age, and usually the difference is most apparent when it comes to cultural references, especially music. It’s made me realize how much music comes to define a generation. It’s a mood and memory catalyst, which further cements it in our psyches and almost becomes part of our identity. And this chat with Lee brought to the surface even more places where generational differences come into play, particularly as the age gap between you and another person gets wider. She offers valuable tips on how to clear up any confusion, as well as how communication has changed in the #MeToo era.
(PS: The featured image for this post is an example of a generational reference that will only mean something to you if you’re of a certain age… or into vintage television :-).)
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Lee Caraher is the founder and CEO of Double Forte, a successful national public relations, content marketing and social media firm. Double Forte works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. She is a highly sought-after communications expert known for her business acumen and insights (and her big laugh).
Lee is also an acclaimed author and recognized expert in creating high performing, positive workplaces. If you enjoy this conversation, you’ll definitely want to add her two books to your reading list: Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work and The Boomerang Principle: Inspire Lifetime Loyalty from Your Employees (even after they leave).*
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Ep06: Your Questions: Friendship Challenges and Generational Differences
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