MIT Sloan School: “3 Surprising Ways Millennials Communicate”
From the MIT’s Sloan School of Management:
A new study from MIT Sloan highlights communication trends among millennial MBAs, with revealing findings.
“Communication is part of everyone’s job, but millennials do it differently,” said MIT Sloan lecturer Miro Kazakoff, who co-authored the study with MIT Sloan senior lecturer Kara Blackburn.
Unless it’s email or a PowerPoint presentation, long-form writing isn’t an integral skill these days, said Kazakoff. Less than half of respondents reported doing meaningful, longer-form writing at work. Of those who do write longer reports, 59 percent did so only on a monthly or less frequent basis.
A whopping 85 percent of students named producing presentations as a meaningful part of their job responsibilities. Two-thirds report that they present on a daily or weekly basis — so it’s no surprise that in-person presentations is the top skill they hope to improve.
Students also ranked data visualization near the top of skills upon which they’d like to improve. Writing and speaking are important, but visual communication — conveying ideas in pictures, not merely words — is also essential.
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