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Cam Marston, Generation X Speaker

Cam Marston

    • Multi-Generational Relations and Workplace Communications Expert
    • Author and Consultant
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$20,000 - $30,000

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Travels From

Alabama

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Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational characteristics and differences on the workplace and the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. Marston and his firm, Generational Insights, have provided research and consultation on generational issues to hundreds of companies and professional groups, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, as well as major professional associations, for over 20 years.

Cam Marston’s books, articles, columns, and blog describe and analyze the major generations of our time: Matures (born before 1946), Baby Boomers, (born 1946-64), Generation X (born 1965-79), and Millennials (born 1980-2000).  He explains how their generational characteristics and differences affect every aspect of business, including recruiting and retention, management and motivation, and sales and marketing.

His first book, Motivating The “What’s In It For Me?” Workforce (2005), explores the characteristics and motivations that each generation brings to the workforce and suggests management tactics applicable to any business setting. His next book, Generational Insights (2010) is a guide to the best practices in managing generational issues. Generational Selling Tactics That Work (2011) is the first book-length study of generational approaches to sales and marketing. His short book The Gen-Savvy Financial Advisor (updated in 2017) is a must-read in the financial services industry.

Marston’s half-day training program, “Leading Multi-Generational Teams,” features the Gen-Flex® process which teaches leaders how to be flexible in their generational workplace preferences to get the best performance out of their teams. His short, online micro-videos for sales, recruiting, and management are designed to help managers and leaders understand the reason such generational disparities exist and how to overcome them through specific sales and workforce tactics.

In 2018 Marston launched a regional radio show (also available as a podcast) called What’s Working with Cam Marston with expert guests offering insights and opinions on the trends that are shaping today’s workplace and workforce.

Marston’s expertise has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Money, FastCompany, and Forbes, as well as on Good Morning America, CNN International, and the BBC. He writes a column for Investment Advisor, and has been a featured columnist in many trade journals. His blog at GenerationalInsights.com tracks the latest changes and developments in generational issues and demographics.

As a consultant, Marston has provided insight and advice to leadership at the nation’s most prominent corporations as well as multinational corporations including American Express, Fidelity, BASF, Nestle, Schlumberger, Merrill Lynch, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Qualcomm, RE/MAX and Eli Lilly. He has also offered presentations and consultations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Army, as well as for major professional associations such as the American Bankers Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, and the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Marston’s presentations are informative, engaging, and humorous. He offers concrete demographic research that is tailored to his audience and he enlivens the data with anecdotes, tales from the real business world, attention-grabbing visuals, and quips that make the message memorable. Marston’s clients consistently report that his research makes his programs relevant and his presentation style makes them interesting and fun.

Marston’s insights and expertise are the products of over 20 years of research and consultation across a wide range of industries as well as his own early-career background in corporate sales and research. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and is a native and resident of Mobile, Alabama.

To book Cam Marton call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

THE RE-ARCHITECTING OF BUSINESS: SPOTLIGHT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job category of Financial Managers will have significant growth between today and 2026, adding nearly 110,000 new jobs. At the same time, predictions for that job suggest that much of the job’s daily tedium will be given over to machine intelligence – artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and natural language processing. This begs the questions: What will the financial services professionals of the future do? What will their days look like? How will they serve clients?

To further complicate the matter, how will client demands change in the future? Will they want more or less of their financial services professional’s time? Will they expect financial management to be automated? If so, what services will they expect from their financial professional? What will clients be willing to pay for?

Perhaps a good metaphor for Financial Services is the evolution of the tollway. Early on, the driver stopped and handed the attendant money, took their change, and continued on. Then came the toll basket where the driver slowed enough to toss in the correct change. There was an attendant for those who needed specific help. Then the bar code on the car window or the remote device allowed drivers to hardly slow down yet one lane was still manned for those who needed help. Today many tollways photograph the car’s license plate and send a bill to the driver. No attendants. No lines. No reason to tap the brakes.

THE GEN-SAVVY FINANCIAL ADVISOR
For decades, financial services professionals have focused on demographic groups that are now moving into and past retirement. The Matures (born 1945 and prior) and the Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964) are the generations that the financial services industry grew up with and their client relationships were defined by traditional business models. Now, new generations who have different economic and cultural experiences are moving into age ranges that make them prime markets for investments, retirement planning, insurance, and other financial products.

The next generation of financial services client has arrived. They will not tolerate being treated the same way their parents were treated. Learn what they want in this exciting and impactful presentation.

YOU’LL LEARN:
• The attitudes and expectations of the upcoming generations and what they expect from financial services providers.
• How each generation values different types of information.
• What each generation’s definition of “expert” is and how they apply it to financial professionals.
• How different generations perceive money.
• What the younger generations want financial professionals to teach them.
• Each generation’s preferred communication preferences.
• Which sales tools to use, and how to use them effectively.


SELLING ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
CAVEAT VENDITOR (SELLER BEWARE)
The first rule of selling remains steadfast: Know your customer. With five distinct generations playing active roles in the buying decisions of companies worldwide, that tenet is increasingly difficult to fulfill. It is no longer enough to be personable with your customer and knowledgeable about your product.

Changing dynamics require changing strategies.

To succeed in today’s business climate, you need to approach each buyer with an informed generational perspective — recognizing the underlying biases, values and expectations that pave the way to “Yes.”

An expert on selling to millennials, speaker Cam Marston shows you how to create fast and genuine connections with new customers, sell to your customer’s expectations, build trust between generations, and avoid communication pitfalls.

Throughout the presentation you will learn how companies are effectively engaging generational sales techniques to appeal to the unique decision-making traits of each generation and how to develop a solid sales process based on generational biases and business preferences.

FIVE GENERATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE
For the first time in history, five distinct generations — Matures, Boomers, Xers, Millennials and iGen (aka, Gen Z) — are employed side by side in the workplace. With differing values and seemingly incompatible views on how the workplace should function, these generations have stirred conflict in the business world. Witness the turnover, the lack of engagement, and management incomprehension and frustration. Knowledge of and effective management of this generational divide is vital to longevity and success. In fact, it is one of the most relevant and important demands your company can make of its leaders.

In this engaging presentation, expert on managing millennials, speaker Cam Marston teaches how each generation developed its core values, how these values manifest in the workplace daily as workplace preferences, and why they can all not only operate alongside each other but do so with extraordinary success. This program provides the detailed insight, concrete examples, and specific approaches to help frustrated managers build the personal connections needed to boost employee performance and retention. Audiences will learn that success results from increased awareness and incremental change.

Amongst the generations, the only common ground is the intensity with which each generation holds fast to its value systems and preferences. Understanding and respecting these value systems and preferences are critical to bringing out the best in every employee.

This presentation can be highly customized to:
• Focus on one or two generations
• Feature recent census data (where appropriate)
• Highlight company initiatives, company demographics, etc.,
• Include brief workshop components using worksheets and interactive exercises


RECRUITING AND RETENTION IN A MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE

We hear it all the time: “Our people are our greatest asset.” But finding good talent is hard to find and even harder to keep. How do you build your people assets? What do today’s employees want?
In today’s multigenerational workforce, Millennials want meaning in their work, the freedom to do it in their own time and, maybe, a ping-pong table.

Generation X wants openness, flexibility, and the space to do their work without “meaningless” interruptions.

Boomers want recognition, authority, accountability and colleagues who mirror their own definition of team: “If you need me, I’m there. And I expect the same from you.”

Matures, increasingly rare in today’s workplace, like rules and respect.
And the iGen (aka Gen Z) the generation following the Millennials? Much remains unknown but early indications suggest they want even more freedom, more attention, and a deep focus on who will teach and train them, when will it be done, and what will those skills lead to?

Each generation has something valuable to offer so every business needs to tailor their offers when recruiting Millenials, Xers, Boomers or Matures.
Retaining employees is far more cost-effective than recruiting and training new ones. This presentation profiles each generation of employee – what will get them on the clock and what will keep them ticking. Cam Marston will help you adapt your recruiting and retention program to suit the ambitions and goals of each generation, choose from the best that each has to offer and realize the full return on investment in your workforce.
Recruiting, training, experience, and institutional memory make your employees your most valuable assets. Effective multi-generational hiring and retention efforts will help ensure that those assets keep working for you and not for someone else.

• This presentation can be customized to focus on one or two specific generations.
• Worksheets are available for a quick 5-minute exercise to ensure take-away ideas and behaviors.
• This workshop can be customized to use census data for recruiting purposes where available and appropriate.


RECRUITING AND RETENTION IN A MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE

We hear it all the time: “Our people are our greatest asset.” But finding good talent is hard to find and even harder to keep. How do you build your people assets? What do today’s employees want?

In today’s multigenerational workforce, Millennials want meaning in their work, the freedom to do it in their own time and, maybe, a ping-pong table.

Generation X wants openness, flexibility, and the space to do their work without “meaningless” interruptions.

Boomers want recognition, authority, accountability and colleagues who mirror their own definition of team: “If you need me, I’m there. And I expect the same from you.”

Matures, increasingly rare in today’s workplace, like rules and respect.
And the iGen (aka Gen Z) the generation following the Millennials? Much remains unknown but early indications suggest they want even more freedom, more attention, and a deep focus on who will teach and train them, when will it be done, and what will those skills lead to?

Each generation has something valuable to offer so every business needs to tailor their offers when recruiting Millenials, Xers, Boomers or Matures.
Retaining employees is far more cost-effective than recruiting and training new ones. This presentation profiles each generation of employee – what will get them on the clock and what will keep them ticking. Cam Marston will help you adapt your recruiting and retention program to suit the ambitions and goals of each generation, choose from the best that each has to offer and realize the full return on investment in your workforce.
Recruiting, training, experience, and institutional memory make your employees your most valuable assets. Effective multi-generational hiring and retention efforts will help ensure that those assets keep working for you and not for someone else.

• This presentation can be customized to focus on one or two specific generations.
• Worksheets are available for a quick 5-minute exercise to ensure take-away ideas and behaviors.
• This workshop can be customized to use census data for recruiting purposes where available and appropriate.


RECRUITING AND RETENTION IN A MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE

We hear it all the time: “Our people are our greatest asset.” But finding good talent is hard to find and even harder to keep. How do you build your people assets? What do today’s employees want?

In today’s multigenerational workforce, Millennials want meaning in their work, the freedom to do it in their own time and, maybe, a ping-pong table.

Generation X wants openness, flexibility, and the space to do their work without “meaningless” interruptions.

Boomers want recognition, authority, accountability and colleagues who mirror their own definition of team: “If you need me, I’m there. And I expect the same from you.”

Matures, increasingly rare in today’s workplace, like rules and respect.
And the iGen (aka Gen Z) the generation following the Millennials? Much remains unknown but early indications suggest they want even more freedom, more attention, and a deep focus on who will teach and train them, when will it be done, and what will those skills lead to?

Each generation has something valuable to offer so every business needs to tailor their offers when recruiting Millenials, Xers, Boomers or Matures.
Retaining employees is far more cost-effective than recruiting and training new ones. This presentation profiles each generation of employee – what will get them on the clock and what will keep them ticking. Cam Marston will help you adapt your recruiting and retention program to suit the ambitions and goals of each generation, choose from the best that each has to offer and realize the full return on investment in your workforce.
Recruiting, training, experience, and institutional memory make your employees your most valuable assets. Effective multi-generational hiring and retention efforts will help ensure that those assets keep working for you and not for someone else.

• This presentation can be customized to focus on one or two specific generations.
• Worksheets are available for a quick 5-minute exercise to ensure take-away ideas and behaviors.
• This workshop can be customized to use census data for recruiting purposes where available and appropriate.


MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Not only is Cam Marston a powerful speaker but he is also an exceptional Master of Ceremonies.

Not only is Cam Marston a powerful speaker but he is also an exceptional Master of Ceremonies. A meeting planner’s dream, Cam’s emcee skills rival those of any comedian or other professional host:

QUICK ON HIS FEET
– Cam’s wit inspires his audiences to laugh with him as he uses humor to make observations about the speakers and their content. Never making fun of anyone, only having fun with everyone.

Cam Marston, acclaimed author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its effect on the marketplace.

WELL READ
– Cam’s passion is current events. He’ll tie conversations he has with audience members in with current news topics and industry-related content. Not political. Not polarizing. Just observant and insightful.

STICK TO THE PLAN
– Cam keeps the meeting on track.
On schedule. On topic. He is skilled at redirecting the dialogue in a panel to drive the subject at hand. He has no problem shutting down a Q & A session that has gone too long. He is comfortable tactfully approaching the speaker who was scheduled to wrap up 10 minutes ago but is still talking.

YET FLEXIBLE
– A speaker is late. What to do? Cam can fill in with a timely presentation or discussion as long as needed. Need to put the morning speaker in the afternoon? A simple change of lineup is no problem. Food for the break is early, not here. No problem. He’ll give directions.

PREPARED
– Cam contacts all of the speakers prior to the event to learn about their presentations and how he can support them. Are there questions the speaker wants to plant? Are there topics the speaker needs to avoid? Cam will know and react as needed.

CONFIDENT
– After giving hundreds of presentations, there are but a few things Cam has not seen in his twenty years at client events. You’ll find him ready to step forward and do whatever it takes to keep the event on track. And he will blend into the background when he’s not needed. All for the success of the event. Whatever the client needs.

Bear in mind, Cam is an in-demand expert on generational trends in the workplace and marketplace and can offer special rate packages that combine his emcee work and a keynote.

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