I'm trying to figure out why. Perhaps:
For the first time, almost all of the participants were Gen Xers, aged 25 to 40. We even had one Gen Y person, aged 24, who walked up to my computer and took a picture of the PowerPoint slide with her cell phone, which I thought was terrific!
It did not appear that Russians use the generational term "Gen X," yet the generational differences seemed just as apparent as here in the U.S.
During the seminar, a Baby Boomer administrator sat in for awhile, and asked a number of skeptical questions before leaving (thank goodness). In my previous seminars, I think the audience was primarily Boomers. In Russia that generation wants a straight lecture - - no questions, no group interaction. During my first trip four years ago someone actually told the others to stop asking questions.
This time people engaged in a group exercise (writing testimonials), showed everyone else their web sites, and even wished for some small group discussion. I was impressed.
It was also apparent that continuing education in Russia is technologically as advanced as in the U.S., with email promotions and some sophisticated web sites.
((picture is of me doing seminar in Moscow))