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10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings I BY CARA SILLETTO It's no secret millennials (born 1980-2000) are taking over the world (I mean the workforce), becoming the majority of employees by 2020. But what meeting planners continue to ask me is what to do about it. As a former conference director turned speaker (and a millennial myself), I've seen the expectations of young professionals evolve dramatically over the last 10 years. So, why is it that millennials think and act so differently than previous generations? Here are a few examples of things that have changed during our upbringing, which impacted the way millennials see the world: Changing with Technology We don't embrace change, we expect it, and we evolve with it. We grew up 10 | P E R S P E C T I V E | www.mpincc.org with the latest technology revolution and expect to adopt new things all the time. Remember, we were forced to throw out our cassette players when CDs were released as boom boxes got smaller. Then MP3 players quickly replaced our CDs. We don't hold on to the past for long, because we know we have to stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant. Evaluating Tradition Because things in our lives have changed so quickly, we don't look back to the past much. For this reason, accepting tradition for tradition's sake is hard to find within my generation. From wedding rituals to black tie gala formalities, traditional customs mean little to most millennials. Keep in mind, we don't know the guy your big award was named after, and they nicknamed us "Generation Why?" for a reason. Millennials rarely accept responses like "because I said so." Everyone's Equal Millennials were raised as children with a voice, unlike most kids from previous generations. "What do you want for dinner, Cara?" "Where do you want to go on vacation, Cara?" Our parents asked our opinions most days, so as adults it makes sense that we are extremely egalitarian, believing everyone is equal and our voice carries just as much weight as the next person's. This also means we don't believe "expert" speakers are any better http://www.mpincc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Innovation Corner
The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
Thought Leadership
What’s Trending in Event Design
POV
New Member Spotlight
Destination: Denver
MPINCC New Members
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Innovation Corner
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - The Challenges of Planning Smaller Meetings
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - 10 Ways to Millennial-ize Your Meetings
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPI WEC 2016: Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Thought Leadership
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - What’s Trending in Event Design
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - POV
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - New Member Spotlight
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Destination: Denver
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MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - MPINCC New Members
MPI Perspective - Fall 2016 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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