A common belief about Millennials is that their attention span is so short that they can’t stay engaged in training without videos, games, and lots of breaks. While I believe those can be effective ways to engage, I found that solid content with engaging delivery can also be very effective.
I facilitated a Maximum Influence course recently with a group that included 3 Millennials. This is typically a course attended by more seasoned managers and leaders. There are no games or videos in this session, just thought-provoking discussion and engaging delivery. Six weeks after the course, we met again and each participant presented what they did with what they learned from Maximum Influence and the impact of their efforts.
Some of the most significant change came from these three Millennials. They took the course very seriously, fully participated in all discussions, and came prepared with very specific examples how they applied the concepts taught and the impact on their productivity and work relationships.
We know that Millennials want development. What I found is that if that development is engaging, participative, and thought-provoking, they’ll benefit from it.