Updated: Nov 22, 2020
What an honor to be a speaker at the first ever GenZ Leadership Summit this summer! Created by Pranava Nidumolu, this virtual summit was so well put together and immensely insightful. I was on the Cross-Generational Communication Panel, which was all about breaking down cross-generational communication barriers.
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"GenZ really want their voices to be heard. They want to make an impact and they want to be respected just as much as older generations, which I think is awesome. That drive and fire is what's going to have an impact and change the world.
The fact that they want to be treated as equals is really encouraging and I think it's really forward thinking. In the same vein, from spending the last three years of my life interviewing successful people from around the world, I also want to make sure that GenZers don't lose sight of learning from those who came before them.
We must understand that it takes time, a lot of studying, and life experience to get to the point where you have those credentials so that people take you more seriously. And I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing because we all kind of have to go through that part in life where we learn from others who have more experience than us."
"Don't put expectations on people because of what generation they're from. I think that everyone's guilty of doing this: we decided to classify someone and we assume they're going to be like every other person in that group.
Everyone has a unique set opinions, dreams and aspirations that are valuable even if the means of achieving those might be a little different based on what generation you're in.
My advice is to approach each person with the mindset of 'what can I learn from this person?' Understand that they come from a different walk of life and that they might have different experiences than you, no matter how old or young they are. That's definitely something I take with me every day: treat each person as an individual."