03 Aug GEN Z VS. MILLENNIALS: A GENERATION Z KEYNOTE SPEAKER’S TAKE ON GENERATIONAL TRENDS
Welcome to the battle of the population demographics! I’m your host, Generation Z keynote speaker and futurist Scott Steinberg. (Who also doubles as a Gen Y / Millennials speaker as well, since we’re often asked to research and provide insights into both of these highly-driven and -talented populations.) Wondering how the two cohorts stack up against one another? With help from us Generation Z keynote speakers, let’s review the many ways that Gen Z (born ~1997-2012) differs from Gen Y Millennials (born ~1981-1996):
- Technology – Gen Z born into a world with smartphones, social media, internet already established. Millennials adapted to digital world as it emerged.
- Diversity – You’ll find that Gen Z diversity is broader with declining majority groups. By way of contrast, Millennials began diversity expansion of prior generations.
- Education – Per top Generation Z keynote speakers, Gen Z uses more interactive, digitally-integrated education with inclusive learning modes. Our friends the Millennials had more traditional education models.
- Career – The former cohort values entrepreneurship and creative careers more. The latter tends to focus on finding secure, well-paying jobs in the corporate world.
- Money – Our friends in Gen Z tend to be more financially pragmatic and risk averse. On the other front, Millennials tend to be more optimistic having been raised during prosperous times.
- Communication – Per top Generation Z keynote speakers, Gen Z relies heavily on visual communication like images and emojis. On the flip side, Millennials are more adept at texting and in-person interaction.
- Privacy – Rumor holds that Gen Z cares less about privacy having grown up putting lives online. Millennials we hear value privacy more.
- Social Causes – Despite progressive leanings, Gen Z focuses on activism through consumer choices versus the public protests favored by Millennials, or so Generation Z keynote speakers and futurists report.
- Authority – Some members of Gen Z may be more compliant with established institutions and norms while other Millennials might aim to challenge authority more often.
Mind you, you can’t paint all members of a generation with the same brush strokes. But prevailing commentary seems to suggest that Gen Z is more financially focused, diverse and pragmatic compared to relatively idealistic, team-oriented Millennials.