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David  Stillman

David Stillman

Internationally Acclaimed Generations Expert


David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Read More >

His creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, the much-coveted CLIO Award, and most recently was named as one of 200 People to Watch by the Business Journal as well as one of the Power50 in the state of MN.

In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace.

David’s latest book Gen Z @ Work published by HarperCollins describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z. He has coauthored this book with his Gen Z son, Jonah. Read Less ^

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What Happens When Generations Collide 2.0

You may think you know the generations, but the Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials are carving out new territory as they evolve. And here comes the latest twist — the arrival of Generation Z in the workplace and marketplace. Just when you think you’ve bridged all the gaps, it’s time to learn what happens when the generations still continue to collide. Read More >

In “Generations 2.0”, you will learn:

  • Where all the generations are in their careers today.
  • What each generation needs to be successful.
  • What it takes to connect with each generation of consumers.
  • What are the big generations issues on the horizon for leaders, managers, individuals, and marketers.

This energizing, fresh, and funny update on Generations 2.0 will help you identify the gaps creating mayhem in your workplace and marketplace, apply smart solutions to help you navigate multigenerational minefields, and ultimately, look at the generations in a whole new way.

David’s multimedia presentations are always entertaining and thought-provoking. Known for customizing his material for every client, David can offer his generational insights in three distinct areas: Read Less ^

  • Workplace: recruiting, retaining, communicating with 4 generations
  • Marketplace: customer service and sales for 4 generations
  • Giving:  how to attract and retain 4 gens of donors and volunteers

Managing Four Generations in Turbulent Times

Four distinct generations are working shoulder to shoulder in today’s business and nonprofit organizations—each with a unique set of attitudes, values, and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being re-written. Organizations are feeling the strain of generation gaps as they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service in a challenging economy. Read More >

“Managing Four Generations in Turbulent Times” demonstrates not only why it’s important to understand what shaped the generations and why they behave the way they do, but the challenges they face during an economic downturn. Learn about ClashPoints, areas at work where the generations are bumping up against each other and causing problems; find out how generation gaps hit the bottom line; learn what to do about the approaching talent gap; grasp the keys to retaining the generations you need the most; and discover how to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity. Read Less ^

Leadership: Bringing Out the Best in Every Generation

Leading today is more complicated than ever. Besides greater employee diversity, factors such as rapidly changing technology, an uncertain economy, mergers, closings, and layoffs have made today’s workplace more challenging than in the past. Leadership is not necessarily determined by one’s position on an organization chart or by what’s on a resume. With roles constantly changing, being a leader can simply mean being reliable and responsible, regardless of age or rung on the corporate ladder. Read More >

From attitudes about loyalty to staying on the cutting edge, each generation brings unique leadership traits to work. While some try to figure out which generation’s way of leading is best, the reality is that no generation is better or worse than another. “Leadership: Bringing Out the Best in Every Generation” will help you identify the obstacles and opportunities for leadership within each generation and understand the potential impact everyone can make as a leader. Read Less ^

Make Way for Millennials

American business is in the early stages of being rocked by the arrival of a new and powerful generation. Who are these kids? Millennials (born 1982 to 2000), the first generation to rival Baby Boomers in population size, are showing up at work with their own set of attitudes, expectations, and values. Techno savvy, demanding, and ambitious, they’re bringing with them an entirely new way of doing business. How prepared will Gen X-ers, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists be to manage them? Read More >

“Make Way for Millennials” offers strategies for recruiting, retaining, and motivating this influential new workforce. Companies that are forewarned and forearmed will reap the rewards of the millennial generation’s talents and creative and pragmatic approach to the world of work. Read Less ^

Marketing & Selling to Four Generations

The best marketing teams and salespeople need an arsenal of tools to help them reach potential buyers and finalize sales. Among these is a clear understanding of who the generations are in today’s marketplace, how they differ, and how their unique needs and desires play out in the sales process. How do you find the “hot buttons?” What messages will appeal to each generation? Read More >

These questions and more are addressed in a highly entertaining program that helps energize marketing gurus and salespeople and teaches surefire strategies for sharpening your generational edge in the marketing and selling arenas. It shows audiences how generational insights can transform marketing campaigns and sales efforts. Generation gaps are everywhere and businesses can gain a distinct competitive edge if they get to know who the generations are, what makes them tick, and how to make every generational connection count. Read Less ^

Getting to Give

Foundations and other nonprofit organizations suffer the same frustrations and face the same workplace problems as profit-making companies. To be effective, nonprofits need good leadership, strong management systems, marketing savvy, and an ongoing commitment to excellence. They also need to understand what motivates four generations of staff, volunteers, and donors to give their time and their money. Read More >

Awareness of generational differences is crucial to organizations that must compete for well-qualified and loyal workers when resources are limited. What messages will attract skilled workers to the nonprofit world? What does it take to make connections with Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen X-ers, and Millennials so that they not only donate but also keep giving? How does acknowledging donors of each generation differ? Board members, staff, and hands-on service providers will learn to reach across generation gaps and build lasting bridges. Read Less ^

Attracting & Retaining Four Generations of Association Members

Associations exist primarily to serve their members. But serving is tougher today as key resources are shrinking and the government has taken a diminished role in funding programs. In addition to these challenges, today’s associations are made up of four diverse and outspoken generations. While Traditionalists and Baby Boomers have been loyal attendees for a long time, Gen X-ers and now Millennials are proving tougher to attract and retain. Putting on a great conference or convention is no longer enough. Read More >

The key is figuring out the right scale and combination of services needed to satisfy each generation. How do the expectations of each generation differ on working relationships, time commitments, and returns they should expect from association membership? The ability to capitalize on each generation’s energy, expertise, and leadership potential has never been more critical. Read Less ^

Customer Service & the Generations

The best customer service providers understand what “service” means to each generation. Whether on the phone, online, or face to face, attitudes and biases can be reflected in what you say and how you say it, as common courtesies often are interpreted differently by different generations. An organization’s strategies must reflect the changing face of a multigenerational customer base. Read More >

Gain a distinct competitive edge by teaching your customer service reps who the four generations of customers are and how to communicate more effectively with each one. Learn through humorous sketches and real-life examples how to avoid patronizing behaviors and capitalize on emotional connections to make every customer’s experience a positive one. Read Less ^