Episode 7: Cross-generational Communication & Innovation: Jessica Stollings



About the Episode

Host Monty Bruell sits down with Jessica Stollings- journalist, speaker, author, consultant, and generational translator. She is the Founder of ReGenerations, a consulting practice that helps organizations achieve better cross-generational communication. Within the US today, Baby
Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials, and an emerging iGen are all
struggling to coexist and communicate with one another. She talks about the rapid pace of change, communication, and our potential emerging generation from a time of immense chaos and confusion.

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Behind Episode 7

For as long as there have been people on Earth, I suppose there has been a generation gap. Has a teenager ever lived who didn’t wail, “Why don’t my parents understand me?” For that matter, I’m sure that almost every parent and grandparent has said, “I just don’t understand this young generation.” Given how pervasive and long-standing these disconnects have been, it is really surprising that it took until the 21 st century for “Generational Translator” to become an official job.

This week, I welcomed Jessica Stollings inside Studio Next. Jessica is a journalist, speaker, author, consultant, and (yes) generational translator. She is the Founder of ReGenerations, a consulting practice that helps organizations achieve better cross-generational communication. Within the US today, Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials, and an emerging iGen are all struggling to coexist and communicate with one anaother. It’s no wonder that sometimes we all feel a bit misunderstood!

Jessica Stollings points out that Boomers are the most versatile communicators. We Boomers grew up handwriting letters and dropping them in the mailbox, but are now becoming comfortable using voice recognition to dictate email and texts. iGen members (the oldest of whom are just turning 17) are the first generation that has always been connected. Their generational DNA is 100% digital.

According to Jessica, the patterns of generational theory indicate that we are in a 20-year period called a Fourth Turning. These periods are characterized by chaos and confusion. Have you watched the news or paid attention to national politics lately???

This means that the development of this emerging generation will be pivotal. Will they restore calm and reason or pour gasoline on our already burning fire?

Join me inside Studio Next as Jessica explains how we can better understand and communicate with one another. I’ll bet that she will even have a suggestion about how we can all thrive and prosper, even as we navigate this Fourth Turning. This is one episode you don’t want to miss!

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