The Millennial Impact, How They Connect, Get Involved and Give Back – Blog Series

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For the first time in history, there are four generations actively in the work force, Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one one that comes after it.” – George Orwell

While each generation has it’s persona, millennials are highly engaged and actively involved in the nonprofit sector.  According to a study by Walden University and Harriss Interactive, 81% have donated money, goods or services, despite our tough economy.  They thrive to support causes that align with their values and personal belief systems.

Forbes contributor, Dan Schawbel, recently wrote an article,  on why you can’t ignore the almost 80 million millennials who will soon be the leaders in our society.

We spend a lot of time teaching our nonprofit clients how to Bridge the Age Gap, Understanding Generational Communications but over the next several weeks, we will take a deep dive into how to connect, engage and motivate millennials through current research and interviews with those who are influencing their generation.

 

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Did you miss our presentation at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Los Angeles last week?  Here is your chance to get it again.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

Continuing the Conversation, AFTER the Conference Ends

Building RelationshipsI am back in Missouri after spending several days in sunny California at the BoardSource Leadership Forum.  The conference was attended by over 800 nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers.  This year’s themes were about bold leadership, taking risks and thinking big!

I always come back excited and energized.  The information, networking and joy of spending those few days with successful nonprofit leaders can’t stop when I get off the plane.  To keep the momentum alive I jotted down the steps I am going to take to continue to network with these amazing leaders.  I thought I would share them with you:

1.  Pull the cards I have collected out of the bottom of my bag.  Yes, I did have to write this down.  How many times do we come back from a conference or meeting and forget to pull the business cards we collected out of the bottom of our swag bags?  I take the cards out and write on them where I collected them from.  In three months when I come across the card on my desk, I will know when and where I got it.

2.  Send out personal emails.  When I collect cards at conferences, I usually write a note on them when I get them so I can remember what this individual and I were talking about ( I always think I will remember and I don’t) so I write it down on the card.  RIGHT AWAY!  So when I pull the cards out today, I send a personal email letting people know how much I enjoyed meeting them!  Hopefully the conversations we had can continue!

3.  Become Colleagues on LinkedIN.  I LOVE social media, so this is the perfect opportunity to reach out and LinkedIN is the perfect place to do it!

4. Don’t wait for a conference to do this next time!  I try to follow these basic steps at the end of every week.  It doesn’t always happen but its a great way to stay connected.

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