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Is Email Going Away Now That Gen Y is at Work?

April 23rd, 2012

Hi All!

I was recently contacted by The New York Times to be interviewed for an article that ran in the print and online editions of the paper. The reporter who contacted me is someone who has interviewed me before for other NY Times articles, and I was interested in this new topic she approached me with.

Basically, she wanted to explore if email was “dying” with the huge influx of Millennials (aka Gen Y) coming into, and in, the workforce, since they are more text-happy. And she also wanted to discuss email etiquette and how all of this is impacted by generational dynamics.

The article is entitled: What to Think About Before You Hit ‘Send’ by Alina Tugend. Here’s an excerpt:

It seems almost passé to write now about how to use e-mail. After all, haven’t most of us moved past that to tweeting, texting, Facebooking and whatever the social network flavor-of-the-month is? 

No. It’s still a vital part of business communication (and personal, too, at least for those over 25 or so). Yet as common as e-mail is, far too many people don’t know how to use it well — or understand the risks they run of using it inappropriately on the job.

“The death of e-mail has been greatly exaggerated,” said Mike Song, chief executive of, which provides training on time management and e-mail efficiency. Research by his company has found that most employees spend at least a third of their time at work on e-mail.

And while many people do use LinkedIn, Facebook and instant messaging, none of those outlets have replaced e-mail, for the most part, but they have added yet another method of communicating — and another way to waste time.


I discuss communication dynamics and the multigenerational workforce a lot in seminars that I conduct, as well as discuss email and business etiquette in the workshops I conduct for Millennial employees. And I can tell you, YES, there are many challenges with how different generations interact, in person and online. And many “older” generations are frustrated with how Millennials use email AND write their emails.

But, it will improve over time…it’s just one more little thing everyone needs to be aware of to discuss openly at work!

Bye for now,


Tips for Managing Your Personal Brand Online

January 12th, 2011

Hi All!

As I’ve mentioned before, Personal Branding has certainly become a hot topic for employees from any generation who are seeking successful career growth. “Branding” is not just for businesses, products and self-employed people anymore!

I conduct a popular workshop, “Your Personal Leadership Brand is in Your Hands“, for corporate audiences, and the demand for this presentation is growing. Initially I launched it for Gen Y and Gen X employees, but quickly realized that even Generation Jones and Boomers wanted to know more about building their personal brands, too. So, now a majority of my audiences for this topic range from employees 21-60+ years old.

Obviously, an important aspect of managing and building your personal brand is how it’s reflected in the world of social media. Based on that, I came across this article written by Raquel Gonzalez, a blogger for It’s entitled, “How to Manage Your Brand Online“, and it’s filled with great info…whether you’re a job seeker or already employed.

Here’s an excerpt:

How often do you ‘Google’ yourself? According to, 88% of employers will Google your name to see more about you. And with over 230 million Internet users in the United States, it’s easy to be mistaken for another professional who is building their own online brand.

However, there are ways to manage those inaccurate results and increase your brand’s reputation:

Your Social Media is Showing!

First and foremost, make sure that you look good on all of your social media accounts. Review your activity, privacy settings and photos — you don’t want a tagged photo or friend’s wall comment to cost you the ideal internship. suggests you should have your LinkedIn profile 100% complete and take down or change any comments that reflect poorly upon you in Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other online account – reputation management is an important aspect of any student, professional, or company’s online brand. Instead of all-fun-all-the-time, use your own blog, online exchanges, and testimonials to showcase your professional knowledge.

To read the entire article, and get solid tips and resources on how to Score, Grade and Measure your personal brand online, CLICK HERE!

Bye for now!


P.S. Come Recommended, LLC, is a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals. Its main product,, is a social networking site for internship and entry-level job candidates and employers to connect and learn about the best practices for today’s job search.

Several Hot Companies Hiring Run By Generation X or Millennial CEO's

October 26th, 2009

Hey All!

The job market may be tough, but there are some hot companies that are hiring in this economy…and according to Fortune’s new 40 Under 40 list, these companies are owned or run by members of Generation X or Millennial (aka Generation Y) CEO’s…yes, people under 40.

And are they all tech startups funded with new VC money? Uh, no. Oh, and did I mention quite a few of the CEO’s only list a high school diploma as their highest education level completed…or a Bachelor’s degree? published this article last week, so check it out. Quite a few of these businesses are currently hiring for 20 or more positions: sales, marketing, social media, project managers, product managers, engineers, human resources, accounting, and customer service.

The article also includes information from the CEO’s about what they’re looking for in job candidates, and what will turn them off to applicants.

So, if you’re seeking a job, and you’re a Millennial (Generation Y), Generation Jones, Gen X or Boomer, you need to check out this article. Companies ARE hiring; but they may not all be mainstream brands you’re aware of! However this list includes a few that are, such as and Facebook.

Here’s an excerpt from the article to give you a taste of what it includes:

These rising stars from Fortune’s 40 under 40 list have great jobs to fill. What are they looking for and how can you impress them?

Max Levchin, Slide Founder

40 under 40 rank: 25

What openings do you have at Slide now?
We are always short great product managers and designers. We are rarely limited by our demand, but rather by the available supply of awesome people in the job market.

What’s great about the jobs?
You get to work at the very forefront of innovation in social software, so you learn an enormous amount very quickly.

What are you looking for?

My favorite type of hire is the budding entrepreneur; someone who in a few years will want to start their own thing. They know that with every effort at Slide they are ultimately investing in themselves the most and so tend to be very productive.

Any secrets to impressing you?
Bring not just your skills, but also your thoughts (about the industry, Slide, etc.) to the interview. If you’re engaged and interested, it tends to stand out.
–Jessi Hempel

Click here to read the whole article!

Bye for now!


P.S. Not following me on Twitter? Do! @GenerationsGuru

New Social Media Sites That Millennials (Gen Y) Follow

September 25th, 2009

Hi All!

Carol Phillips has a great blog called MillennialMarketing and this is a recent blog post of hers that caught my eye.

It’s entitled: Popular Millennial Social Media Sites

Here’s some highlights, but you can go to her blog to read all the details.

We’re all familiar with MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter and MySpace, but where are the Millennials gathering these days? Since these popular social networking sites have launched, many others have taken flight that appeal to the Millennials (in massive numbers).

According to Carol’s blog post, here are a few:

1. This site averages over 3.6 million visitors per month and features embarrassing and ridiculous videos and pics.

2. 3.5 million visitors per month, and is along the same premise as, but features stories rather than vids and pics. The takeaway is “you may be having a bad day but someone is always having a worse one.”

3. TFLN reaches about over 1.9 million people per month. People, mainly male, share texts with funny stories of things that happened “last night” or texts they sent “last night” (and regret). Many are funny and lots involve a sex or date related story (that went well or did not)

4. Trivia game quiz site targeted at college students, and the traffic went up 60% last month alone.

You can go to Carol’s blog post for more info on each website.

Bye for now!


Is Social Media Use Affecting Millennials Ability to Socialize In-Person?

September 01st, 2009

Hey All!

Interesting article today on this topic, but before I share that, I’m going to take a few minutes for some shameless self promotion. But I’m not asking you for money, so don’t panic! Here are links to some very stuff that include quotes or interviews with me …one is the NY Times!

1. New York Times article, was in Saturday’s paper. I’m quoted on Page 2 and the article is called “For Best Results, Take the Sting Out of Criticism”, written by NY Times reporter, Alina Tugend. She interviewed me specifically about how to approach giving criticism to Millennials.

2. “Blog Business World” blogger, Wayne Hurlbert, not only did a review of my book on his blog, but also ran a long interview with me about Millennials in the workforce (recruiting, managing, retaining, etc.).

“Blog Business World” Book Review of “Millennials Incorporated”, CLICK HERE!

“Blog Business World” interview with me, CLICK HERE!

Okay, that gets you current on a few media things “with me” involved. I was also interviewed by another NY Times reporter, and 2 people from the Wall Street Journal last week, so I’ll post links when the articles are done.

Now, onto this interest story…I saw this article today on Yahoo! Tech, and it has already received over 100 comments! That’s a lot.

The title is: High-tech Kids Lost in Face-to-Face Relationships

Here’s an excerpt:

Social networks and cell phones… you and I may find these technologies sacrosanct, but for kids getting weaned on this stuff, relationships in the real world may be suffering badly.

With the average teen sending or receiving over 2,000 text messages a month and spending nine hours a week on social networking sites, experts are worried that in-person, face-to-face social interaction is beginning to take a back seat to this twitchy, impersonal, and detached form of communication. The problem: When people rely exclusively on short bursts of written communication, those doing the texting miss out on the subtleties that come with a verbal and (especially) face-to-face discussion.

I can’t run the whole article, or I could get put in Yahoo! jail. So CLICK HERE to continue reading it, and check out all the comments!



Bye for now,


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