17 - Responding to OK Boomer

Posted September 1, 2020 by Mark Perna

Episode: 17-responding-to-ok-boomer

 

Tease: “OK, Boomer” doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation. Stay tuned now to find out three ways to respond—today on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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On yesterday’s show, we talked about the new phrase “OK, Boomer” and what it really says about Generation Z. In short, they’re worried about the future and want to take things into their own hands. 

 

If you’ve experienced “OK, Boomer” in an exchange, you know it can shut down the dialogue—fast. But if we choose to get past it, we can advance the conversation. Here’s how.

 

Number one, start listening. “OK, Boomer” means the other party has already checked out. Bring them back by asking questions, listening to the answers, and engaging with their point of view. They’re intelligent and may be able to add something new to the conversation. 

 

Number two, show respect. Respect works very differently today than it did in years past. Millennials and Gen Z don’t automatically accord respect to older generations; they expect it to be earned. However, if they feel respected first, they will quickly reciprocate. 

 

Third, keep it civil. If young people aren’t willing to engage in civil conversation, older generations should ask themselves why. Maybe we Boomers haven’t always modeled that willingness ourselves. Better late than never, right? We don’t have to see eye to eye in order to engage in a civil dialogue. 

 

Being intentional about listening, showing respect, and keeping the dialogue civil can mitigate the “OK, Boomer” comeback—or at least help it become less of a knee-jerk reaction.

 

Have a comment or question on this episode? I’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with me at MarkCPerna.com.


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