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Roberta Matuson
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Roberta's Recent Publications

The Magnetic Leader

Employees don’t work for companies; they work for people. The more irresistible you are as a leader, the more pull you have for employees to want to stay and for your customers to remain loyal. Read Excerpt

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Roberta's Recent Publications

Talent Magnetism

Your company is only as good as the talent you keep. Learn the new rules for attracting top talent and getting them to stick around. Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Honored by the Washington Post as a Top 5 Business Book for Leaders.

Learn how to manage up, down, and succeed all around... Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Learn how to save your company millions by improving the quality of your hires, while improving productivity. Slash costly employee turnover.

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Resources

How to Inspire Learning Across the Generations

It's a known fact: not everyone learns the same way. We all have our preferences for how we like to learn new things. Then why do we insist on teaching or delivering training to everybody using the same approach? Because it's easy and less challenging. Effective? Definitely not.

A less daunting approach to facilitate students' learning preferences is to find commonalities. When we look for what is universal among individuals, we can start to think about deliberate approaches to creating a transferable learning environment.

Whether you lead a classroom at a corporate office or local community college, your students are probably from two to three, or maybe even four different generations. We propose capitalizing on this opportunity to incorporate the perspective of various age groups in your class experience.

Here are six things you can do to inspire learning across the generations.

1. Know your audience

Let's say your class consists of learners who range in age from 18 to 81. You mention group work and half your students roll their eyes.

It's important to know your audience because there are many different ways to deliver information, and you need to know what method works best with which audience. Ask yourself, "Is this the generation that likes to work collaboratively or would they prefer to fly solo?" Or "Is there more than one way to get the same results?" While one group may think that group work is the way to go, consider offering participants the choice of working independently or in groups, especially if the range of learners spans a many generations.

2. Increase learning opportunities exponentially

As educators, we often have to deliver a huge amount of information in a limited amount of time. We might spend five minutes on introductions before diving right into the materials. What would happen if we allocated more time for participants to get to know one another?

All students come to the classroom with a wealth of knowledge and information from their lifetime of experience. Once they are comfortable sharing their own information, you have multiplied the learning opportunities exponentially.

3. Practice classroom feng shui

When students walk into your room, do they feel like they are back in grammar school? Are the desks arranged like those in Little House on the Prairie, where all eyes face the instructor? This setup creates an environment that isolates participants and limits interactions. If you want to excite, motivate and inspire confidence, then set up your room in a way that encourages creative thinking.

Many room configurations are possible depending on the type of training and learning activities, the level of formality desired, and the number of participants. To encourage interaction, arrange the seats in small clusters of no more than eight or ten people. Five is optimal. Remember, unless your furniture is nailed down, students can help the instructor move the furniture if your lecture or program requires more than one configuration.

4. Give them a break

Did you ever notice how there is a commercial every eight minutes on television? One reason is because people need a rest. Encourage interaction every eight minutes. For example, instead of reading a list of facts, get the group to relay what they already know about the topic, and then add what they didn't include.

Encourage your students to interact with you as well as other participants. Remember, they already come with a lifetime of experience and knowledge.

5. Tap the power of questions

If you've been teaching the same lecture or workshop for years using the same curriculum, is it time for a facelift? Look at your materials and determine if they include powerful questions that stimulate new ways of thinking and possibilities. A few tweaks can refresh the look of your program.

6. Use different methods of delivery

Be willing to work with more than one medium. People learn in different ways. With all the various technologies and media available, it's easy to forget that some people still learn by reading books. At the same time, remember that there is a large audience, which regardless of their age, learn by doing and by hearing. Learn from your students.

Consider taking your show on the road. Team assignments outside of the classroom encourage interaction. Learning by doing is a powerful methodology for all generations.

Those trainers and educators who connect with students from all generations will inspire a lifetime of learning. And in the world of education and training, it doesn't get any better than that!

Testimonials

"Roberta's guidance has dramatically increased my ability to pull in and retain the talent we need to take our organization to the next level. She's proven to be a trusted advisor and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to other CEOs who are looking to accelerate..."
Tom Hopcroft, President & CEO
Mass Leadership Technology Council

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"The coaching that Roberta Matuson provided for one of our retail store managers renewed the manager’s excitement in her work, provided her with increased skills in the selection of new employees and gave her the tools she needed to better manage her staff..."
Mary G. Rahal, VP, Human Resources and Administration
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.

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"Roberta was able to clearly define our project objectives and the methodology that we needed to reach those objectives. Roberta helped us pinpoint the root cause of our problem by using in-depth probing techniques that gave her access to important data we did not have..."
Amy Waryas, Director, HR
The Boston Beer Company

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"Roberta worked with us to create a comprehensive onboarding program. With her guidance, knowledge, and expert HR advise we have successfully launched our company-wide training initiative. We now assimilate new hires into the company more effectively than ever..."
Ted Winston, Co-Owner
Winston Flowers

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"When it comes to management of people, Roberta sees through all the noise and gets right to the heart of the matter..."
Mark Spitzer, President
Photonic Glass Corporation

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"As we have grown, Roberta has provided continued support to help us work through complicated personnel issues while allowing us to focus on other areas of our business. Our employment practices truly support our business goals..."
Paul M. Zavracky, Ph.D., Former President and COO
MicroOptical Corporation

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"Roberta has saved us time and energy on situations we may have needlessly wrestled with. We consider her a partner and look for her guidance often. Roberta has provided a welcomed service to Six Red Marbles..."
Sarah Smith White, President
Six Red Marbles

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"Roberta was tenacious about keeping us focused on completing our project on schedule. The finished project was comprehensive, professional and passed the scrutiny of legal experts. I would definitely use Matuson Consulting again..."
John Blake, Former COO
Advanced Results Marketing

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"Roberta has been a tremendous mentor and coach to me over the past year. She has partnered with me on multiple professional development fronts, as well as helping me through some very challenging situations. I found Roberta to be wise counsel!"
– Allison DiSiena, VP of Recruiting, Marketing, Interactive and Creative Services Division, 24 Seven Inc.

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"Roberta Matuson was our answer. She met with us, developed a plan, walked us through the process to record our policies and procedures. She helped identify areas where policies were non-existent. She then developed and produced our employee handbook. We still use it today..."
Tim Slattery, CEO
CFSmail.com

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"Roberta presented an engaging and informative webinar on “Managing Up in a Top Down World” for Northeastern University’s alumni. This thought provoking session provided practical strategies for navigating office politics and building effective relationships for career advancement. Roberta’s extensive expertise and knowledge of workplace trends was apparent as she skillfully answered a wide range of questions from participants. Her well-organized presentation made it easy for the audience to commit to implementing her advice."
Michele Rapp, Associate Director
Northeastern University

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"Roberta’s ability to provide new leaders with insights on matters that few are willing to discuss is refreshing and will serve our members well. As a CEO, I'm especially impressed with her ability to quickly distill difficult situations and provide pragmatic advice that can be quickly and successfully implemented."
Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, President and CEO
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

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"I have had the opportunity to experience Roberta Matuson’s “fast track” coaching. Her candid, succinct and concise approach provided positive reinforcement toward my professional goals."
Cheryl Schondek, VP of Food Acquisition and Supply Chain
The Greater Boston Food Bank

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