Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pre-order book – Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials

A comprehensive and intriguing guide into the minds and motivations of Generation Z. The new book from Claire Madden, Australia’s foremost social researcher on generational engagement. When asking Generation Z (born 1995-2009) to describe what has defined and what has shaped their generation, the overwhelming response was technology.  It is not only the number of devices and how frequently they interact with digital technologies, but how technology has shaped their thinking, facilitated communication, redefined community, become core to their learning and become almost like a companion to them, which is extraordinary. The age at which you are exposed to technology is likely to influence how you use it and how integrated it becomes into your life.  All the generations alive today use digital technologies as part of their everyday life, however the extent of technological integration for Gen Zs seems to have almost reached saturation point. Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials is being released late October 2017.  Written by social researcher and media commentator Claire Madden, this book equips leaders, managers, parents and educators alike to understand the emerging generation.  With input from over 100 Gen Zs woven throughout the book, it lifts the lid on what is going on behind the scenes of Gen Z and their digitally immersed, globally connected and socially networked lives. PRE-ORDER THE BOOK “Claire Madden provides a fascinating insight into the world of post-Millennials, their predecessors like me and what might follow.  If there is one thing that characterises this world, it is the increasingly pervasive role of technology. This has transformed the way we work, think and interact with each other. Will Gen Z share my hope [...]

By | 2017-10-15T23:32:57+11:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Building Rapport with Your Audience

Why is it that when you’re listening to some presentations it feels like time flies, you are energised and you leave the room buzzing, and then there are those ones where you feel like you’re falling asleep, looking at your watch and thinking about what you will have for afternoon tea? What makes the difference? After all, the content could be robust, well researched and of a high standard in both presentations.  The hours of preparation for the speakers might be similar.  And both might be just as experienced in their field. The missing ingredient for many presentations is building rapport with the audience. Just as when you meet someone one on one, it is possible to build a connection and rapport in a short space of time, the same is true for connecting with an audience. Building rapport is important because it: Creates trust Heightens engagement Shows people why what you have to say is important and relevant to them Establishes a common ground Helps you connect at a human level, not just at an intellectual one.   5 keys to building rapport with your audience: First impressions matter Your opening moments as a speaker can either set you off to a flying start or mean that you have to work a lot harder to win people over throughout.  Be intentional about your opening – where you stand on the stage (preferably not hidden behind a lectern), have open body language, smile, be clear in your opening sentences, and trust that you have something to bring.  Using humour in the opening minutes of your presentation can break down barriers and put people at ease (just avoid any jokes that could be offensive). Take note [...]

By | 2017-09-28T02:42:09+11:00 September 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments