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.)
- 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.
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
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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- "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
American Academy of Nursing
American Association of Cosmetology Schools
American Society of Association Executives
Beauty and Barber Supply Institute
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
GES Exposition Services
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
JP Morgan Chase
Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company
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.
- 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
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.
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