An Enlightened Interview with From Boomers to Bloggers author Misti Burmeister
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How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Inspiring, energetic, passionate, real, engaging
What was the last book you read?
If I were to walk into your home right now, what book would I see on your nightstand??
How long did it take to write your book?
What are the top 3 things the reader can take away from it to apply to their life?
1. Thereâ€™s more than one â€œrightâ€ way.
2. Learning new strategies for communicating more effectively with people of different generations
3. How to improve teamwork and create synergy within an organization
What are your top three favorite authors?
Pema Chodron, Kevin Cashman, Rachel Naomi Remen
Is there a certain spot – cafe, room in house, in your car, etc. – that ignites your creative juices?
Being outside and at the ocean. I also like to write best when Iâ€™m able to stand for a while, then sit when I want to.
What organizations are close to your heart and you support?
The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship â€“ they go into low-income high schools and teach the teachers how to teach entrepreneurship. They are now a global non-profit.
The Human Rights Campaign. I believe all people should be treated with respect, regardless.
I have given time and resources to many non-profits throughout the past four years. I tend to give the most when I see the organization is teaching people how to fish, instead of giving them the fish. Simply providing resources isnâ€™t enough â€“ we need support in learning how to try and then fail and then try again. I put a great deal of effort into programs that teach practical skills.
Here are a few other organizations I have given my time and energy to: Health and Human Services; Linkages To Learning, Silver Spring, MD; The Womenâ€™s Center, Vienna, VA; Montgomery County, MD, Connection Resource Bank for Montgomery County Public Schools; Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC; Montgomery County, MD, Achievement Counts Program; Serve DC; National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Washington DC.
What is your favorite quote?
â€œTreat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of beingâ€ â€“Goethe
What’s the easiest way to get into the ‘flow’?
I get into by taking time right before I write to connect with my personal and business missions â€“ â€œto inspire through actionâ€ and â€œCreate a bridge between generationsâ€
Whose life do you think will change because of your book?
HR managers, executives, and young employees will greatly benefit. Anyone in the workplace will benefit from the knowledge and practical advice within this book provides, regardless of industry.
What inspired this book?
I was tired to hearing the media and other generational experts say and write books about how organizations and seasoned professionals need to learn how to â€œdealâ€ with these young professionals. I donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s how you create a bridge. The only way to create a bridge is to help both young and seasoned professionals understand how to communicate effectively with each other. So, I decided to take the five most common generational clashes and write to both sides of the bridge using real life stories â€“ itâ€™s a fun and short read.
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About the Author
Misti Burmeister is a leading authority and bestselling author on the topic of inter-generational communication. As the CEO of Inspirion Inc., a Fairfax VA consulting company dedicated to increasing organizationâ€™s profits and productivity across their multi-generational workforce. Her work focuses on coaching, facilitating and speaking with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to create a plan that aligns individual contributors with organizationâ€™s vision/mission and ensures their success in recruitment and retention of diverse talent. She brings over a decade of professional experience to her work with a diverse clientele list, including AT&T, UPS Marriott International, Choice Hotels and Johnson & Johnson Co. She recently published her first book â€œFrom Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across Generations.â€
As a result of Ms. Burmeisterâ€™s contributions, her clients have seen significant improvements in employee retention, ultimately contributing to the organizations bottom line. One organization saw a 90% reduction in the turnover rate. Misti facilitates leadership and employee effectiveness programs, generational diversity and mission development sessions. She conducts workshops and seminars on topics such as generational diversity, strategic networking, career development, powerful communication, self-promotion, mentoring and values-based leadership.
Ms. Burmeister was selected as a finalist for the Elizabeth Dole Young Entrepreneur Scholarship for outstanding leadership in her community and entrepreneur ventures. Misti was also awarded the International Femtor Award for Emerging Leaders by the eWomen Network. She has been named a Community Fellow of the Foundation for Community Leadership as an acknowledgement for her commitment and vision to empowering young people.