MILLENNIAL ON STAGE
Megan Tan is the host and creator of Millennial. As a radio host and producer she has been recognized by The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The AV Club, Medium, The Guardian, Refinery 29, The Timbre, and The Public Radio Exchange. In 2016, Refinery 29 named Megan one of "29 Under-30 Powerhouses Poised to Change the World."
Megan transforms her experiences as a young entrepreneur and self-made podcast host into lively and engaging presentations on good business, self-taught skills, and grit. Drawing lessons from Millennial's own "Cinderella story," Megan offers her perspective on transforming a passion project into a full-time job and the nuts and bolts of coming of age in its many forms.
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FROM PASSION PROJECT
TO FULL-TIME JOB
Millennial’s Cinderella story started in a cramped closet with just enough room for a laptop and a microphone. Two years later, Millennial joined one of the top independent podcast networks in the industry. This is a journey where self-taught skills and grit paid off for a 20-something who didn’t see it coming.
Audiences will learn how to take action in their own lives. The path to success doesn't look like magic—it looks like the slow burn of daily life. The message urges and empowers audiences to move toward their biggest fear, to commit to their dream, and live the life that they really want.
HOW TO MAKE A PODCAST
For those who want to make their own podcast, it can be hard to know where to start. The craft of radio is expansive: production includes recording, reporting, writing for tape, story structure, mixing… the list goes on. As a self-taught producer, Megan offers a unique perspective on establishing good workflow, finding your voice, discipline, targeting an audience, and getting paid.
Audiences will learn both the artistic and business aspects of running your own podcast and will leave with a to-do list of tasks to check off to launch their own show.
TOOLS FOR BUILDING YOUR "LINE"
When there’s a huge gap between where you are and where you want to be, how do you learn the skills you need to bridge the distance? Millennial's story follows the path of a fresh-out-of-college 20-something as she reinvents herself by inventing her own fake and free grad school program built from online resources, books, and public lectures. By approaching the workforce independently, it’s possible to sidestep expensive training and opt instead for a self-made path in the digital age.
Audiences will walk away with an insight into how some millennials are approaching their professional lives and the alternative ways that a business can take shape.
"Megan’s talk blew me away. She combined a warm and engaging performance with a hard, concrete lesson in making the career you want with Terminator-like precision. It was optimistic and realistic and I wish everyone could see it— whether they’re taking on a daunting project or remaking their lives from the ground up."
- Roman Mars, host and creator of 99% Invisible at Converse Inc. Conference
"Megan’s comfort with her own voice comes across immediately in hearing and watching her speak. When Megan took the stage at TEDxDirigo, I could feel the audience quickly fall into her history alongside her, as if they couldn’t help themselves from wanting to journey with her, silently cheering her on, gently gripped by Megan’s contagious spirit."
- Ariel Hall, Curator at TEDxDirigo
"Megan Tan was brilliant. She came into my classroom full of energy, inspiration and compassion. After her visit, my students expressed their unanimous admiration for her work. As we go forward in the business of (higher) education, it'll be people like Megan — and projects like Millennial — that will offer our young minds new places to go and new ways to be."
- Jaed Coffin, Professor of Creative Writing at
The University of New Hampshire
"When Megan arrived, she immediately brought positive energy with her. The discussion flowed naturally, with Megan leading the way and answering student questions about her choices, all that she's learned since starting Millennial, and her future goals. Her visit added texture and depth to the listening of the podcast, and complemented our curriculum very well as a clear example of decision-making and grappling with common issues in the twenties. "
- Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Professor of Psychology at Bates College