7 Tips for Interacting with Boomers

One of the most intimidating realities of the Big 4 is continually interacting with senior level people.  Senior level people tend to be closer to senior age. 

Below are 7 Tips for Interacting with Boomers:

  1. Be on time to every call and meeting. Be the most prepared person in the meeting. Boomers notice the little things.
  2. Don’t dress like a schlub – How to: Dress Ok (for men)
  3. Follow through. Break the stereotype of the lazy, distracted millennial. If you say you will do something, do it.
  4. Leave your college experience behind – no one cares about your intramural sports career, sorority function, or crazy shenanigans (unless it is an awesome story, then find a way to slip it in)
  5. Stay off social media during the workday.
  6. Don’t share how exhausted, hungover, stressed, or overwhelmed you are. Remember, that in order to get to school, Boomers walked up hill both ways in the snow…
  7. Listen way more than you talk. Use the 80/20 rule (they should be talking 80% of the time). This also takes the pressure of you to be interesting. Being interested is more compelling than interesting. Read this book

In addition, Boomers can be weird about:

  • Headphone usage
  • Communicating by email instead of a phone call or an in-person conversation
  • Shaving – unless you are getting paid to male model, lose the 5 o’clock shadow
  • Flexibility – maybe don’t share that you work from home a couple of days a week

In conclusion, be yourself (unless being yourself contradicts the tips above, then maybe be a more boomer version of yourself).

Further reading

Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to: Client Happy Hour

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