Three Generations, Many Revelations

What happens when you put three generations of women together on one talk radio show?

I got impassioned when I saw replies from a post on Facebook where someone asked for help writing “as a millennial” because that is what her boss requested. The answers ranged from “use a lot of hashtags!” to “write it in fragmented sentences” – what the wha???  Btw, I got that last phrase from my 11-year old, NOT a millennial.

As my antennae went up after seeing that post, I started to notice that “millennial” was often used in a disparaging way, and I am still not sure why. I saw a previous Time Magazine with “Help! My Parents Are Millennials!” on the cover and I immediately thought “I’m sure the writer of that article wasn’t a millennial!” It wasn’t a complimentary article, as you can imagine. Why must we emphasize what we think people are doing wrong? One word comes to mind: judgemental.

Look, MY parents sure as heck didn’t think that I worked as hard as them (I’m a workaholic who has had countless 90-hour weeks while raising twin babies), appreciated anything as much as them (I thank God for everything I have every day – or try, you know, sometimes we get distracted), and they most likely thought that I would never end up as happy as them because I wasn’t following their traditional footsteps of how everything was supposed to be done. Well, after modeling around the world, having a diverse amount of careers under my belt and now as a radio show host/author/entrepreneur, I’m incredibly happy with my twin daughters, stepson and beautiful husband of 15 years).

SO I found myself wanting to help out, not just that generation but ALL of us, to bridge some understandings – not trying to be like the others necessarily but trying to accept and understand and maybe learn a thing or two that would help us further our own betterment.

And I couldn’t have picked more fascinating guests to help break open some of the mysteries of why we are so quick to judge people of different ages/generations and what we can do to move the world forward in a more positive, supportive direction.

Listen to the resourceful awareness and in-depth knowledge of award-winning actress Kristin West (our token millennial), award-winning reporter/author Dr. Robi Ludwig (our token baby boomer) and me, the host of What Women Want Talk Radio – the token Generation X-er (also known as the “in-between” generation) and see what magic YOU can create in someone’s life with a little more understanding of where they are coming from:

http://latalkradio.com/sites/default/files/audio/Women-040616.mp3

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Preparing Yourself to Speak Up Ladies

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Jennifer Wilkov, Founder of SpeakUpWomen.com

 

Women are generally afraid to speak their minds and I constantly wonder if it’s because that’s how we’re wired or is it a confidence issue?

After moderating a panel at the Speak Up Women’s Conference last month at the United Nations, I realized it could be a little of both.

The founder, Jennifer Wilkov, served time in prison (Riker’s Island, no less – one of the most violent prisons in the country!) for a white collar crime she did not commit.  Talk about inspiring! This woman has now made it a mission to empower women with the tools to “speak up.”

My panel was on “How to Speak Up and What’s Holding You Back” and after listening to the panelists talk about their perspective on these two topics, the underlying thread was that BEFORE you go to speak up about anything, you need to have a good hold on your sense of self.

There was such a diverse panel of women who seemed to come from every angle about how to speak up and what’s holding you back – there was even a younger woman in the audience who started crying because she felt like she was so lost and she thought we all had it so “together.” Really?! Because half the time I feel just the opposite – and told her so. We all feel lost and confused at times and this all circles back around to knowing yourself and what you have to offer. Only then can you “speak up” confidently and after that, be heard!

One of my panelists, Karen Taylor Bass, said that you have to listen to yourself, get quiet and confirm what it is you have to say. You can do this by journaling or meditating a little every day, it will surprise you what comes out of such a simple task! And another panelist, Tai Beauchamp, said that one of the keys to speaking up is listening to the right people first. If you take the time to listen, then you have more knowledge and perspective to say what you think in the best way possible.

The other two panelists, Laura Day and Michelle Tillis Lederman were fascinating as well. Laura is famously known as “The Psychic of Wall Street” and wrote a book called “The Practical Intuition” and Michelle is a nationally renowned relationship/networking expert, author of several bestselling books including “Nail the Interview, Land the Job.” She captivated the audience with her tips for body language when presenting in the boardroom. Preparing yourself to speak up has to do with more than just your mind!

Would you like to hear more about speaking up? Listen to our show featuring Jennifer Wilkov, founder of Speak Up Women and let us know what you think:

Speaking OUT in Life and Politics: 

http://latalkradio.com/sites/default/files/audio/Women-021716.mp3