Learning Across Generations

Raymond Thomas

Co-Founder of Enible

Founder of The Leadership Paradigm


As facilitators, trainers or educators, one of the most common challenges today is to connect with audiences of a different generation, be it with the Boomers, Gen-X, or Millennials.

How can we engage an audience of a different generation than us? How do we adapt ourselves to facilitate learning for across the generations

Speaking with us Raymond Thomas who is the founder of The Leadership Paradigm and co-founder of Enible. He has tremendous experience in facilitating, instructing and educating across the generations.

Podcast Highlights


Boomer are typically born between 1940s to 1960 and into families with a stay-at-home mother. Characteristics of Boomers include:

  • internally focused, extrinsically motivated
  • like democratically-run classroom
  • enjoy working on a collective basis
  • achievable mission
  • want to be good role models
  • enjoy interaction and experiment independently
  • be mindful in the way of giving feedback


Gen-X are typically born between 1960s to 1980s and into families with both parents at work. Characteristics of Gen-X include:

  • independent and self-directed learning
  • self-motivated, only if the learning is relevant to them. Talk about what’s in it for me? (WIIFM)
  • emphasises on work life balance
  • look for fun
  • impulsive and impatient
  • In the classroom, the enjoy being engaged cognitively and to transfer knowledge into practice
  • discretion to complete tasks their own way

Gen-Ys & Millennials

Millennials are typically born between 1980s to 2000s and to parents who are Boomers. They have the lowest parent to child ratio of any generation. Characteristics of Gen Y and Millennials include:

  • stand out as winners
  • work in a team
  • competitive
  • a lot of activities, no learner’s guide and a bit of lecturer
  • keeping seated too long is boring from them
  • prefer personalied feedback
  • using digital tools can further engage millennials in the classroom
To be an effective facilitator or trainer across the generations:
  • look at ways to develop themselves
  • flexible to try new things
  • keep an open mind
  • be willing to adapt
  • be willing to learn

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