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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer first delivered Embrace Your Inner Millennial at TEDxWilmington. He developed the research and messaging over five years. Here are many questions people ask about the definitions behind the talk, the research, and how it can help their organizations. If you have more specific questions, please feel free to contact us.

What is the standard definition of Millennial?

The standard definition of Millennial is based on its use to represent a specific generation. Or, to put it another way, a group of people defined by being born in a certain age range. The group most often called “millennials” today was originally referred to as Generation Y.

The specific age range for Generation varies from study to study. Brandon defines Generation Y as being born from 1980 to 2000.


What is the difference between Millennial and Generation Y?

The generation known as “Millennials” was originally known as “GenY”, because they were born after GenX. Brandon emphasizes this in his talk because he feels “millennial” should be a broader term, representing all people alive and contributing to the workforce in the 21st century.


How should we define Millennial?

Brandon has a simple test each person can take to determine if they are technically a Millennial.

QUESTION 1: Are you alive today?

QUESTION 2: Is it the New Millennium? (a common term for the 21st Century).

ANSWER: If you answered yes to both of those questions than you are a millennial.

More specifically, Brandon refers to Baby Boomers, GenX, and Generation Y as today’s millennials, because of their shared ideals and constructive efforts across the three generations to accomplish shared goals.


Why does this talk focus on Baby Boomers, GenX, and Generation Y?

These three generations are defined most simply through the birth years they encompass.

Baby Boomers: Born from 1945-1963.

GenX: Born from 1963 to 1980.

Generation Y: 1980 to 2000.

Notably, studies vary on the specific years used to frame each generation. Brandon likes these years for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is they are almost the same size in terms of years.


How do you define Baby Boomers, GenX, and Generation Y?

These three generations are defined most simply through the birth years they encompass. Baby Boomers: Born from 1945-1963. GenX: Born from 1963 to 1980. Generation Y: 1980 to 2000. Notably, studies vary on the specific years used to frame each generation. Brandon likes these years for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is they are almost the same size in terms of years.


What are the shared values and Goals of Millennials?

Baby Boomers, GenX, and Generation Y have worked across the years to accomplish three specific goals. These three goals are the “Pillars of Millennialism,” and the basis of their shared ideals. The pillars can be defined broadly as: Prioritization of Education; Thriving through Technology; and Building Supportive Communities.


How does this talk actually help my company?

Embrace Your Inner Millennial carries lessons and tools to create success through internal cohesion and productivity, as well as, cutting edge understanding of your target market.

Internal cohesion and productivity: Getting your teams to build connections is essential to success. Leaders must have rapport with their staffs, workers must understand their leaders, and teams must understand each other. Finding cross generational common ground and learning to build and embrace opportunities through these shared values is a powerful step towards long term success.

Actually Understand Your Target Market: Companies and organizations are using stereotypes and outdated research to speak to their target markets. Embrace Your Inner Millennial, provides fresh insights into your target customers, and shows specific ways to engage customers’ true interests and desires, free from negative stereotypes and false divisions.

Internally and externally this talk focuses on igniting an individual’s passion. People are told every day to hold back and avoid opportunities. This happens because people say, “that’s a young person’s game,” or, “young people, you can’t possibly understand.” These corrosive attitudes infect people of all ages and backgrounds. Embrace Your Inner Millennial is an experience that focuses on empowering individuals to retake the initiative in their lives. Enabling people to focus on their real, personal goals, rather than the barriers imposed through negative cultural and generational stereotypes. Embrace Your Inner Millennial is, at its core, an urgent call for individuals to find their passion, and succeed in today’s complex and challenging world.


Is Embrace Your Inner Millennial just a “talk”? What formats can this be delivered to my organization?

Embrace Your Inner Millennial is an umbrella name for a site of tailored experience. At the core is the foundational TEDx talk featured on this site. Depending on the needs and challenges faced by your organization, this information can form the foundation of a wide range of events. This includes: a keynote speech (of various lengths); an interactive seminar/roundtable; a workshop, a training; etc.

Brandon is an experienced speaker, trainer, and consultant. He is committed to helping you overcome your divides in the most effective format. Contact us to find out more.

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