Generation gap? FGDAI

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Published: April 1,2011

Tags: Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Gay Saxon

Are you an executive who is having trouble communicating with your younger employees?

FGDAI.

If that text-speak acronym escapes you, it means “forget about it,” or more accurately, “fuhgeddaboutit.” Still confused? Then you should make it a point to attend “FGDAI — Working with Generation Y” Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Trade Mart. The seminar is one of seven Hinds Community College’s Eagle Ridge Conference Center is conducting as part of the annual Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, a special project of the Mississippi Business Journal.

Gay Saxon, director of training at Eagle Ridge, says the wacky titles of the different seminars have a point — if people are curious about the title, they’re sure to be curious about the subject matter.

“I have found that in the years that we have been working with MBJ for these seminars, the catchier the title the more interest we seem to have,” Saxon said. “This year we have vamped up some of the titles and the content to encourage more interest and participation. ‘The Social Network’ is focusing on utilizing twitter, Facebook and other outlets to help drive business. ‘At the Sound of the Tone Please Don’t Forget Your Manners’ is focused on telephone etiquette, and ‘Spies R Us’ is a new session we are offering that focuses on internet security. ‘Is Your Office Killing You’ is a session that focuses on ergonomics and do’s and don’ts in the office. The other two sessions are presented by the Small Business Development Center and they focus on starting a new business and marketing tips.”

And FGDAI?

“It sometimes seems to be the sentiments when working with different generations,” Saxon said. That conclusion, she added, is reached with the help of the feedback she and her staff have received from past seminars.

“We try to use that information to create programs that have been requested. This year we added the social networking, internet security and generation Y sessions because they are hot topics in the training world and we felt like they would be popular with the Expo crowd.

“Fortunately for us, our feedback has always been great,” Saxon continued. “We try to give a brief taste of what we can do at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in 50 minutes. We know that it is not realistic for EXPO visitors to be able to sit in on every session so we try to give a good sample of what we can do in each session. However, we have had repeat participants, people who return every year to sit in our sessions. Also, we do have some who make a day of it and join us for all sessions. The participants are great and in the eight or nine years that we have been providing the sessions we have received excellent feedback from each one.”

“Gay has put a little spin on the line up this year, which will surely have a great turn out,” said Tami Jones, advertising director at the Mississippi Business Journal. “One particular is The Social Network, which is the buzz in the marketing and advertising community, and one you don’t want to miss.”

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