By Brooke Wolford
I was recently in a task force meeting for the Minneapolis YoPros. It really got me thinking about the true value of YPN and what I feel it’s all about.
To me, YPN is about bridging the generation gap. Not to stereotype my generation, (which I am not quite sure where I fall…X, Y, Z…who’s keeping track?) but typically the younger generations are more knowledgeable about technology and communications. A lot of us feel like we have ADD and we are constantly moving to the next best thing.
With that said, there is a lot that can be learned from older generations. I thought about an agent in my office. She has been around for 30 years. She knows the ins and outs of the business. She has seen the good times and the bad and she survived.
She recently got her first Facebook account. It was cute. She seemed a little iffy at first. I would constantly see her replying to someone in her status update. It would make me chuckle a bit. But believe it or not, she is workin it! She is now posting blogs, articles and other valuable content to her page. I have been really impressed by her.
I have learned a ton from this practitioner. She knows the basics. She will tell you how it is. She still goes door knocking and she has been networking for years. She can talk the talk better than anyone else I know. That is something that you can only do after you have many life experiences like she has.
We all have the ability as YPNers to share and grow with our fellow agents. YPN, to me, is not about a number. Yes the word “young” is in YPN, but to me it’s all about combining information among several generations. Don’t be afraid of your elders. They have been there and there’s a reason they are still here!