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Turning a problem into a passion-driven career, Meagan Johnson has become the go-to generational expert. Her research keeps pace with today’s fluctuating workplace dynamic as she teaches clients how to communicate successfully with individual generations so that they can achieve financial success, personal growth and enriched company morale.

During the 1990s, while working for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods, and Xerox, Meagan often heard negative comments about Gen Xers. These comments included terms like “slackers,” “gold collar workers”, and even “the Beavis and Butthead generation.” Being a Gen Xer herself, Meagan knew those terms were unfair, untrue, and hurtful so she began researching small and large businesses to debunk generational myths and discover the most effective ways to solve clashes. That research gave birth to thousands of generational presentations as well as her best selling book Generations Inc., From Boomers To Linksters: Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.

Now Meagan uses her comical brilliance and unique understanding of four major age groups to help companies make the most of this diversity while getting generations to live and work together without name-calling and bloodshed. Since launching her speaking career in 1998, she has constantly been evolving and updating her message and techniques so they are always on-the-spot relevant. Her lengthy list of clients include: Harley-Davidson Motor CO, Dairy Queen, American Academy of Nursing, and Visit Florida.

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    Meagan Johnson graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in Marketing. She spent several years working in sales for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods and Xerox. At every company Meagan became discouraged to hear all the negative comments about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.)

    Being a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her own managers seemed to have. “There was this perception of only one way to get ahead and be successful at work. The career path my managers expected me to take was very traditional. They seemed to be unable to look at a different way of training and career management that was relevant to younger employees.”

    Meagan has continued her research into the complexities of the younger workforce.

    Meagan is an active member of NSA, National Speakers Association. In 2003, she received her CSP, Certified Speaking Professional designation. Currently, only ten percent of professional speakers hold this designation. As a Gen Xer Meagan was extremely proud to be one of the youngest recipients of the CSP designation.

    Her clients include: Harley-Davidson Motor CO, Dairy Queen, Kindred Hospital, American Academy of Nursing, Produce Marketing Association, American Express, National School Public Relations Association, Visit Florida, Loreal, National Apartment Association, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, City of Phoenix, Pepsi CO, Coldwell Banker, Cadillac, Michigan Dental Association, National Cosmetology Association, and Bubba Gump Shrimp

    Imagine…

    • You are fifty-year-old veteran and you just found out your new boss is only twenty-four!
    • The hot-shot graduate you hired, (and overpaid) just quit for no apparent reason!
    • A promising candidate you really want to hire turns her nose up at the best benefits package you′ve ever offered!
    • Your HR Department tells you that turnover among your youngest workers is mysteriously skyrocketing – costing you a fortune in training!
    • That seasoned long-time employee you just promoted is miserable and wants to quit.
    • Your best salesperson has won every sales award for the last five years, and now she wants to work part time.

    How do you zap the invisible gap and manage your multi-generational workforce? Never before have there been four different generations in the workforce…at the same time.

    In 1998 Meagan Johnson was already an experienced professional speaker and trainer, delivering seminars across North America. A Gen-Xer herself, Meagan began to hear a consistent complaints among her clients about the wide GAP between the Baby-Boomer/Traditional Generation bosses, and the Generation-X and New Millennium Generation employees coming into the workforce.

    Meagan began researching best practices of America′s top corporations; the solution was not a new form of business structure but good old-fashioned communication skills, conflict resolution-negotiation methods, and stress-management techniques which Meagan had been perfecting for years! Meagan Johnson delivers these skills to audiences using her experience in adult learning, personal discovery, and most all, hilarious stories that keep the audience laughing and anchor the learning to excitement and fun.

    A captivating keynote speaker and a get-results seminar leader, Meagan Johnson′s interactive group exercises are a fun and valuable component of Zap The Gap sessions.


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Meagan Johnson highlights different attitudes and practices among generations in a compilation of her speeches. Playing off the audience, she presents a list of common complaints about young workers, such as their disloyalty and “what’s in it for me?” mindset.

After the audience has met her points with agreement, she reveals a twist. “The biggest difference between your list and this list is you created your list based on the young people you live with, you work with, you interact with today,” she states. However, the list Meagan has presented comes from a 1968 edition of Life magazine, demonstrating that many of our age-related work conflicts are not unprecedented, and suggest that older generations might have more in common with their younger counterparts than they realize.

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Unwilling to accept standard, by-the-book generalizations, Meagan Johnson tackles generational challenges, myths, and misunderstandings head on. She demonstrates to audiences, through her own experience, in depth research and program customization, that all generations have differences and strengths that go beyond mere age and appearance.

Meagan’s programs are truly interactive as she spends more time in the audience than in front of it, integrating attendees’ unique stories and experiences into the theme. Combining her “delightfully obnoxious” humor with must-have insights on generational gaps, she gets audiences laughing at their own generation (and the other ones) while learning to flourish in the presence of others.

    FACT: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 million people will have left the labor force to retire during the next few years. Who do you have to replace them? Having a cohesive, multi-generational workforce is vital to survival.

    FACT: Nearly 80% of all junior and senior high school teens work part-time while going to school. Teens, because of their inexperience, are also more likely to have injuries or accidents in the workplace. Not understanding how to train an emerging workforce can be costly.

    FACT: The ′New Millennium Generation′ is the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. Almost 90% of 12-17 year olds use the Internet. They use the Internet as more than just a fact-finding instrument, they use it to communicate and to socialize. Are you using archaic, outdated tools to reach this generation?

    "People learn best what they discover for themselves, not what is shoved at them," says Meagan. Her interactive group exercises are a fun and valuable component of "ZAP THE GAP!" sessions. Of course, this electrically charged presentation can be followed up with a nitty-gritty, hands-on, how-to break out session, too! Ask about the right combination for your group.

    Here is why audience members love "ZAP THE GAP!":

    • They learn something about themselves and their generation.
    • They learn about their own kids′ generation.
    • They learn about their co-workers, employees and customers′ generations.
    • Most important, they learn what to do when challenged by the different generations


Meagan Johnson Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Meagan was one of the most accessible and accommodating keynotes that we have had in our twenty-five years of providing conferences. She worked directly with us on customizing her presentation to directly relate to our audience, including having calls to prepare with some of our long time members. Our audience greatly appreciated her stance, humor, and authentic approach to dealing with an issue that is very prevalent in the corporate world."
    Institute of Financial Operations
    (Event booked by SPEAKING.com)

    "This was the second time that I heard Meagan speak and both times I have walked away feeling uplifted and energized with a renewed sense of confidence and drive. Meagan′s presentation of the material was delivered in such a fun-loving and humorous fashion that made the experience absolutely superb."
    Karen V. Mosby, Manager, Customer Service, Trans States Airlines.

    "Meagan Johnson delivers an excellent program with very beneficial information."
    Barbara Jaeger, State 911 Administrator, State of Arizona

    "Meagan provided an excellent session for our purposes. The way she presented the concept of ′perception management′ really related to what happens to service/support organizations. It was a great learning experience for all concerned!"
    Dave Lorenz, Director of University Services, Northern Arizona University

    Clients Include:

    American Academy of Nursing
    American Association of Cosmetology Schools
    American Express
    American Society of Association Executives
    Beauty and Barber Supply Institute
    Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
    Cadillac
    Dairy Queen
    Fun Expo
    GES Exposition Services
    Great Clips
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    JP Morgan Chase
    Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company
    Mass Mutual
    National Make a Wish Foundation
    Pepsi Bottling Group
    Worldwide Equipment, Inc.




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    "Meagan was one of the most accessible and accommodating keynotes that we have had in our twenty-five years of providing conferences. She worked directly with us on customizing her presentation to directly relate to our audience, including having calls to prepare with some of our long time members. Our audience greatly appreciated her stance, humor, and authentic approach to dealing with an issue that is very prevalent in the corporate world."
    Institute of Financial Operations
    (Event booked by SPEAKING.com)

    "This was the second time that I heard Meagan speak and both times I have walked away feeling uplifted and energized with a renewed sense of confidence and drive. Meagan′s presentation of the material was delivered in such a fun-loving and humorous fashion that made the experience absolutely superb."
    Karen V. Mosby, Manager, Customer Service, Trans States Airlines.

    "Meagan Johnson delivers an excellent program with very beneficial information."
    Barbara Jaeger, State 911 Administrator, State of Arizona

    "Meagan provided an excellent session for our purposes. The way she presented the concept of ′perception management′ really related to what happens to service/support organizations. It was a great learning experience for all concerned!"
    Dave Lorenz, Director of University Services, Northern Arizona University

    Clients Include:

    American Academy of Nursing
    American Association of Cosmetology Schools
    American Express
    American Society of Association Executives
    Beauty and Barber Supply Institute
    Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
    Cadillac
    Dairy Queen
    Fun Expo
    GES Exposition Services
    Great Clips
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
    JP Morgan Chase
    Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company
    Mass Mutual
    National Make a Wish Foundation
    Pepsi Bottling Group
    Worldwide Equipment, Inc.


    FACT: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 million people will have left the labor force to retire during the next few years. Who do you have to replace them? Having a cohesive, multi-generational workforce is vital to survival.

    FACT: Nearly 80% of all junior and senior high school teens work part-time while going to school. Teens, because of their inexperience, are also more likely to have injuries or accidents in the workplace. Not understanding how to train an emerging workforce can be costly.

    FACT: The ′New Millennium Generation′ is the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. Almost 90% of 12-17 year olds use the Internet. They use the Internet as more than just a fact-finding instrument, they use it to communicate and to socialize. Are you using archaic, outdated tools to reach this generation?

    "People learn best what they discover for themselves, not what is shoved at them," says Meagan. Her interactive group exercises are a fun and valuable component of "ZAP THE GAP!" sessions. Of course, this electrically charged presentation can be followed up with a nitty-gritty, hands-on, how-to break out session, too! Ask about the right combination for your group.

    Here is why audience members love "ZAP THE GAP!":

    • They learn something about themselves and their generation.
    • They learn about their own kids′ generation.
    • They learn about their co-workers, employees and customers′ generations.
    • Most important, they learn what to do when challenged by the different generations


Speech


Meagan Johnson highlights different attitudes and practices among generations in a compilation of her speeches. Playing off the audience, she presents a list of common complaints about young workers, such as their disloyalty and “what’s in it for me?” mindset.

After the audience has met her points with agreement, she reveals a twist. “The biggest difference between your list and this list is you created your list based on the young people you live with, you work with, you interact with today,” she states. However, the list Meagan has presented comes from a 1968 edition of Life magazine, demonstrating that many of our age-related work conflicts are not unprecedented, and suggest that older generations might have more in common with their younger counterparts than they realize.

Interview