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Teens today face many obstacles and challenges and parents want to discover how to unlock their child’s greatest potential.  And before I go any further, I want to let you know I am a parent of two teens myself!
As parents we want only the best for our kids but anyone who has parented or is currently parenting teens, knows full well there are challenges along the way.
Many parents see that their teens struggle with effective communication skills.

❎ Using as few words as possible when they speak.

❎ Thinking they can rely only on text, DM or social media to communicate.

❎ Not seeing the long-term value of how effective communication skills will help them dramatically.

❎ Having a lack of practical experience sharing “real” conversations.

❎ Not understanding they need to communicate clearly and confidently with coaches, tutors, to build relationships, with college admissions officers, in interviews and more!

There are many factors that contribute to this common issue.

Confidence is one issue preventing students to communicate effectively, regardless of the situation or setting.  Confidence comes from practice and practicing good communication habits now will set them up for success.  Implementing these pivotal skills NOW will be a true differentiator in the near and long term!

We all want our kids to be confident and successful right?

The techniques that I use as a communication coach are designed to develop teenagers to build confidence and motivation.  Having them understand what’s at stake, why it’s important and how to develop clear and confident communication skills, regardless of the situation or setting.

The benefits of communicating with confidence are endless.   Confidence creates motivation.

When a teen is confident, they are motivated to perform better in all facets of their life; in school, sports, and extracurricular activities to name a few.

If you are ready to invest in your child’s communication skills, let’s set a time to talk about my group and private workshops so your student can start the journey to developing key life skills.

Contact me direct to set a time to talk:

matt@talkshop.company

 

 

 

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Its time to build effective communication skills! https://www.talkshop.company/blog/fundraising-and-summer-workshops/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/fundraising-and-summer-workshops/#respond Mon, 31 May 2021 17:21:20 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=762 Are you searching for something a little different than the ordinary FUNDRASING EVENT?  What about offering a dynamic experience for your high school students?   Would having an event that raised money for your organization AND offered valuable life skills be a fit? Talk Shop will donate a percentage from every […]

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Are you searching for something a little different than the ordinary FUNDRASING EVENT?  What about offering a dynamic experience for your high school students?   Would having an event that raised money for your organization AND offered valuable life skills be a fit?

Talk Shop will donate a percentage from every student registration directly to your organization!

SUMMER WORKSHOPS:

Many students could benefit from refining and improving the way they communicate!   I think we can all agree that communication is everything!   In every interaction we have it’s not what you communicate but how you communicate it that makes all the difference.   Developing effective communication skills at home, in school, with college admissions officers, in relationships and in interviews.  There is no better way to differentiate yourself than to be able to sustain clear and confident conversations, regardless of the situation or setting.

Click on the flyers for more info!

Fundraising:

And for those who have students who are on a job search, here is a great on on demand resource!   The focus is on how to articulate your brand (or how to create your brand if you don’t one), how to start to network, how to leverage your network if you have one, and how to present your unique “story” when given the opportunity.

This course is also available online, accessible anytime!

 

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Restoring conversations https://www.talkshop.company/blog/restoring-conversations/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/restoring-conversations/#comments Tue, 04 May 2021 19:58:31 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=724 Today we are living in the “digital disruption era.” Technology has provided us with unprecedented advances, information, instant access, and entertainment. As convenient as all the tech advances make our lives, they also have changed the way we communicate and have led to a dramatic decline in our “people skills.” […]

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Today we are living in the “digital disruption era.” Technology has provided us with unprecedented advances, information, instant access, and entertainment. As convenient as all the tech advances make our lives, they also have changed the way we communicate and have led to a dramatic decline in our “people skills.”

The scale has been tipping to high tech and low touch for years now. As a result, real tangible conversational skills have been fading and need to be restored now more than ever.
I’m a parent…do you see what I see?  I often see teens with their heads down and staring at their screens.
Do you feel like I do? That too many people (teens, young adults and parents too) live in a screen driven world. Where has small talk gone? Where has the art of sharing a two-way conversation gone? (talking AND listening)
Whether its small talk (ex: meeting someone for the first time) or a having a difficult conversation you know you should have, there is a real apprehension around having live conversations, over the phone or in person.

Those who understand that human connectedness is the most important part of any experience will flourish. Personally, and professionally, success is about creating and building human connections. Conversations are the foundations of these connections.
Technological advancements are critical to many businesses staying relevant, I get it… However, technology by itself is not a differentiator. The more you place technology between people, the more you remove the human experience. For anyone to thrive in the future, they will have to master the art of relationship building. Since technological advancements have come at the expense of human connections, people now need to reinvent their way of life in a way. Finding the balance of digital and human experiences in the best way possible.

What Is Talk Shop?
Talk Shop is designed to solely develop life skills for today’s students, so they become clear and confident communicators, regardless of the situation or setting. Collaborative workshops for high school AND college students to support them being prepared for the game of life.
Talk Shop is about building a culture that recognizes the importance of developing these valuable skills that students can put into action right now but also serve them well for the rest of their lives. The ability to communicate effectively is the biggest differentiator you can have. In school, in relationships, as part of a job search and much more. Conversations are at the center of all we do. Are your students prepared?

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Why, How and What https://www.talkshop.company/blog/why-how-and-what/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/why-how-and-what/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 19:18:21 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=714 Shouldn’t we all be highly aware of why we do something?  Don’t we also want to strive to understand how and what we do?  (instead of be on auto pilot all the time) Seems pretty basic in a way, right?  I thought I’d take a few minutes and offer my […]

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Shouldn’t we all be highly aware of why we do something?  Don’t we also want to strive to understand how and what we do?  (instead of be on auto pilot all the time) Seems pretty basic in a way, right?  I thought I’d take a few minutes and offer my Why, How and What.

WHY:   Why should any high school or college students change the way they communicate?  Why should they feel they need to?  For one, being able to put into action the 3 C’s of effective communication (clear, concise and confident) is a absolute must in all facets of “real” life.  Regardless of the situation or setting, the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently is essential and will be a true mark of distinction in their lives.

HOW:  I am confident that by building strong communication habits now,  students will benefit tremendously the rest of their lives.  Preparing them to not only be college ready but career and life ready too!  How do I do this?  By highly collaborative workshops and 1:1 coaching that creates awareness of how participants currently communicate.  Then offering solutions that challenge the status quo, creating impactful results!  ….and oh yeah, letting them know what’s at stake if they develop and improve!

WHAT:  I created Talk Shop with the singular focus to help develop pivotal skills that are needed now than ever.  Apps, screens and devices have created a huge gap in the way students communicate.  What Talk Shop delivers are key life skills.  Not only to improve student’s academic lives but their personal lives too, ultimately getting them career ready.

The expression of “put yourself in my shoes” truly resonates with me.  I am a parent too and I see firsthand the way students communicate on a daily basis. I see what you see and I hear what you hear.  I do see the possibilities of change though.  I see how empowered students become during and after my workshops and there’s no greater feeling.  I see the opportunity to create positive change in today’s students that will last a lifetime.

My goal is to not only be of service to today’s students but to develop key skills in them in a way where they are bought in, where they see the value…not just something their parents told them they should do.  I’ve been finding ways to be of service for years, whether through coaching youth sports for 8+ years or being a volunteer at my local high school for years.  When students hear a new voice, it makes a huge difference!

 

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It’s Time to Talk https://www.talkshop.company/blog/its-time-to-talk/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/its-time-to-talk/#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 19:07:10 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=589 “It’s Time to Talk.” As is often the case this week, many tend to reflect on what the last year has brought them and what they are looking to accomplish in the New Year.   The idea of focusing our energies on one prevailing idea, concept or thought has been with […]

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“It’s Time to Talk.”

As is often the case this week, many tend to reflect on what the last year has brought them and what they are looking to accomplish in the New Year.   The idea of focusing our energies on one prevailing idea, concept or thought has been with us for some time and yet, I feel at this moment, an opportunity to not just identify one big idea to carry me through another year, but an entire decade!

I reflected on some of my previous “one word” commitments, like Resilience, Transformation, Perseverance, and realized that these pronouncements seemed to focus on me, not the people I seek to serve. While not a bad thing, I thought, maybe if I tweak my perspective just a bit, I could make my one word commitment more meaningful.   More meaningful not only as a parent but  as my work as a business owner, author, speaker, announcer, perspective challenger and advocate for today’s students and young adults.   This came to me during a personal conversation I recently shared when I was enlightened that my answers to a specific question were nice, yet only serving of myself.

As some of you know I have indeed lived a few one-word commitments over the past decade.  Yes, I’ve been resilient and transformed my life 9 years after divorce delivered me a gut punch and a few smacks to the chin; I have persevered through choppy waters but again that’s about me.  (Although I did those one-word commitments for the sake of my boys and myself)

As I’ve made the move to create and launch Talk Shop in 2019, I thought to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great to have one concept that really got at the essence of what I am trying to accomplish.” Well, as it sometimes happens, my ideas come to me while exercising, which is nice…but I don’t carry a notepad and pen and purposefully put my phone away while I work out.  Thankfully I was able to recall it.

Born from an early winter’s workout “It’s Time To Talk” entered my frontal lobe and has become this decade’s focus for me.

Are we making a difference that matters? Are we seeing positive outcomes occur due to the decisions we make?  Are answers we provide leading to improvement in the actual development of our children?  Are the strategies we employ as parents, coaches, educators and anyone else working with today’s youth effective?  Are they being evaluated with objectivity, and demonstrating with confidence that they are the correct strategies?  Is the instruction we are supporting and implementing, developing the most meaningful and relevant education that is actually targeted on improving specific issues, or at least in readying today’s youth for new skill sets that matter?

Are we all modeling and supporting real and authentic relationships for our children?

Now more than ever the world needs more conversations….and it’s time to talk!

But its more than just having the courage to have a difficult conversation with someone, its also about displaying patience and actually listening to one another.  It’s absolutely amazing what can happen when we listen, when we actually pause and actively listen to truly understand someone else.  I state this clearly multiple times in my workshops; “be careful when you listen, you may actually learn something.”

Today’s youth face a barrage of challenges vastly different than what I was exposed to in my youth….dare I say the words, screen time?   It’s created a whole new existence but the fact remains, “Its time To Talk!”

Whether it’s at home, in our relationships, at work, with coaches, with teachers, with college admissions officers…we all need to get back to sharing more conversations.  And oh yeah, did I mention getting our children life ready?  As in, the need to have more clear, confident face-to-face conversations, such as a job interview?

I end each and every one of my workshops and public speaking engagements with a quote.  It’s from the legendary Vince Lombardi.  “In life you don’t get to decide your future, you get to decide your habits.  It’s your habits that decide your future.”

“It’s Time to Talk!” Is my framework for the decade, I hope you will do the same and adjust your habits if need be.

We need to connect and interact socially now more than ever.  And when its safe to connect face to face, that’s even better!  So many are scrambling to adjust and how to fill their days in positive and productive ways.

– It’s never a bad time to improve communication habits

-There are numerous cancellations all around us…CONVERSATIONS should never be cancelled!

-CONVERSATIONS are pivotal in our day to day relationships at home, at school, and in the real work world.

I encourage you to give yourself an opportunity to adjust your habits not just next year but to make a bigger commitment to those in your world. You deserve it, they deserve it, and those that you aim to serve, surely deserve it.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021!

-Matt

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New solution lineup! https://www.talkshop.company/blog/new-solution-lineup/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/new-solution-lineup/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:31:33 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=553     One of the positives during this Covid time period, is that it has allowed me to think, innovate and create.  I’m excited to launch new programs that will compliment the existing Talk Shop lineup. “First Impressions”, which is geared for high school students is currently being offered virtually […]

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One of the positives during this Covid time period, is that it has allowed me to think, innovate and create.  I’m excited to launch new programs that will compliment the existing Talk Shop lineup.

“First Impressions”, which is geared for high school students is currently being offered virtually (for now) in small group workshop format.  Developing clear and confident conversations regardless of the situation and setting in a highly collaborative workshop.  Designed not only to improve students’ academic lives but also their family lives and personal relationships.  Please reach out to me direct to learn more about how this program benefits high school students and pricing options.

I’m really excited to offer a new online program:

“Lasting Impressions”  

The program is available here:  https://mattcrevin.podia.com/lasting-impression-how-articulating-your-personal-brand-with-clarity-and-confidence-is-pivotal-to-getting-the-job

It is geared specifically for college students on how to create and protect your personal brand.  (think; career readiness!)  We are all our own brand and supporting this pivotal skill as it relates to networking, interviewing and sharing your “unique story”  is paramount to landing a job.  Knowing how to articulate your personal brand with clarity and confidence is the key!

I am also teaching a series of ongoing classes for high school students on Outschool.

You can find the Outschool website for the classes I teach here: https://outschool.com/teachers/Matt-Crevin

Also, I’ve been working on the follow up to my first book (“Get in the Game”, 2012, which is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Get-Game-Ultimate-Transition-College/dp/0985434600/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=get+in+the+game&qid=1604437908&sr=8-8  and it should be ready for release in the coming months.   Stay tuned for more info soon!

And of course my live workshops as well as my private 1:1 coaching are being delivered virtually until we can gather in groups safely.

Here is a quick summary of Talk Shop:

Is there a 21st century skill more important than the ability to effectively communicate face to face?

We need to connect and interact socially now more than ever.  And when its safe to connect face to face, that’s even better!  So many are scrambling to adjust and how to fill their days in positive and productive ways.

– It’s never a bad time to improve communication habits

-There are numerous cancellations all around us…CONVERSATIONS should never be cancelled!

-CONVERSATIONS are pivotal in our day to day relationships at home, at school, and in the real work world.

I am confident the insight I deliver is an absolute game-changer for todays high school and college students and I am as committed as ever to my mission.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to explore any of the Talk Shop programs, I welcome the opportunity to set a day and time to talk live.  I sincerely appreciate you being receptive to my mission of being of service to todays high school and college students.  By sharing this message on your social media network as well as to 4 to 5 of your personal contacts will truly make a difference.

With gratitude!

Matt

 

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Internship Interviews https://www.talkshop.company/blog/internship-interviews/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/internship-interviews/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:25:43 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=557 If you’re a college student struggling to secure you first ever internship, you’re not alone. The internship search is competitive regardless of what stage you’re at in the circuit.  Many times student’s look for internship to gain more experience before narrowing down a desired industry to focus in on.   […]

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If you’re a college student struggling to secure you first ever internship, you’re not alone. The internship search is competitive regardless of what stage you’re at in the circuit.  Many times student’s look for internship to gain more experience before narrowing down a desired industry to focus in on.

 

Internships are a good way to see if you like a company or industry, but also can be seen as an extended “trial period” or interview for a potential opening down the road. Securing an internship is still a process; from applying to interviewing, the journey may mimic that of a full-time position. Even if there is not an opportunity to join the company full-time at the end of the internship, you’re still expected to act as a contributing member of the team.

 

Before you can even consider being brought aboard full-time, you must pass the interview stage. The questions in an internship interview may vary from full-time position interviews.  But there are always a few common questions you can expect during your internship interview.

Why are you interested in this internship/company/industry, and what skills or experiences do you hope to gain?

 

Internships are a great way to learn about a specific company/industry, and see if you can picture yourself working there. Sometimes your career goals may not align with the internship opportunity, but luckily this experience is only temporary so you can take some time and figure out your next steps.

Like most interview questions, there is often a right and wrong way you should answer them.  When answering this question, you want to show your enthusiasm for the position and that you have done your research on the company. Additionally, tell them what you want to gain from the experience. After all, an internship should be approached as a learning experience, right?

Here is a question you may get:  Tell us about a situation where you took initiative or took on a leadership role?

 

This question usually helps the interview gauge whether or not you are a motivated and driven individual. If you’re a student, chances are most of your leadership experience has come from playing sports or group projects. Both are viable options when it comes to answering this question.

 

Another way to answer it is with an example of a time when you noticed something that needed to change or could be done better, and you took the initiative to take action on it.  This is a great way to show, not just tell the interviewer that you know how to take direction and take action.

How about this question:  Tell us about a time you had to learn something completely new?

 

In any opportunity, you likely won’t know everything that is thrown your way. How you approach the unknown can tell a lot about your willingness and openness to learn new skills. Hiring managers do not want to hire anyone, for a full-time position or an internship, who is not willing to learn. As mentioned before, internships are an opportunity to be a sponge and learn as much as you can during that time.

 

To answer this, it is perfectly acceptable to mention a class experience. Most classes you take during your college career must be taken because they’re required, not because you’re interested in the subject. Focus on a time where you were open minded when it came to a new class and what you learned from the experience.

 

Summer is a popular time for college students to pursue internship opportunities. While these experiences are not limited to the just the summer, finding and securing an internship that fits your career goals is a competitive process. The interview phase may differ slightly from that of a full-time position, but it is still a time to showcase your experience and interests to a potential employer. To do so, there are some questions you can expect to be asked during the interview phase.

Knowing your personal brand and articulating it clearly and confidently will be a huge game changer for you.  Especially during internship interview process.

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Class of 2020 Job Seekers Need Every Competitive Advantage – Talk Shop can Help! https://www.talkshop.company/blog/class-of-2020-job-seekers-need-every-competitive-advantage-talk-shop-can-help/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/class-of-2020-job-seekers-need-every-competitive-advantage-talk-shop-can-help/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:39:28 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=538 The last few months of college are supposed to be filled with excitement and ceremonial “lasts.” Campuses bustle with preparations for graduations, and career placement offices are hard at work prepping soon-to-be graduates for interviews and aiding them in their job searches. Recruiters from companies large and small are a […]

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The last few months of college are supposed to be filled with excitement and ceremonial “lasts.” Campuses bustle with preparations for graduations, and career placement offices are hard at work prepping soon-to-be graduates for interviews and aiding them in their job searches. Recruiters from companies large and small are a frequent site and source of anticipation and opportunity. 

Of course, the class of 2020 is having a vastly different experience. Graduation ceremonies – cancelled. End of the year parties – gone virtual. As for employment, these class of 2020 job seekers have seen the employment landscape change drastically, literally overnight. 

According to the April 13th edition of USA Today, the class of 2020 is facing an uncertain job market due to the global pandemic. Hiring freezes, rescinded job offers, cancelled internships, and no job fairs or on-campus visits from companies are just some of the challenges being faced by these graduates. 

Businessinsider.com tells us “While it’s still too soon to know how the coronavirus pandemic is going to impact the economy in the long-term, it’s probably fair to say the graduate career fairs will be few and far between this spring. There will be no in-person employer events. The campus career center might not have all the answers. Long story short, the post-grad job search is likely to feel like more of a minefield than usual this year. And it’s likely to feel a lot lonelier, too.”

All is not completely bleak, however. There are companies hiring, particularly in the healthcare field or companies that support the remote work environment. Competition for these openings can be fierce. So how can today’s grads stand out from the crowd in an environment that is like nothing any of us has ever seen?

Being able to present yourself well has never been more important. Communicating your skills and abilities, why YOU are the person for the job is crucial. But what if you lack confidence in your ability to sell yourself, to get across to the person on the other end of the phone or the other side of the Zoom call. What then? 

Let’s let a recent Talk Shop student answer that question.

Matt Crevin, the Founder of Talk Shop is well prepared to answer any questions about developing effective networking strategies, creating positive first impressions, and conducting successful interviews.

As a college senior nearing graduation, the COVID-19 Pandemic has created uncertainties about how our current economy and job market will impact my early career. In order to take advantage of this situation, I decided to start networking with people in job positions and industries that interest me. 

BEFORE beginning this process, Matt helped me develop outreach strategies, refine my online presence, and develop virtual (and verbal) communication strategies to positively represent myself to working professionals.

Now is a great time to start networking. Before you begin, Matt is here to help!

~ Nathan Brickman, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Class of 2020

Whether you’re tackling the job market right now or thinking ahead to next semester or next year, there has never been a better time to work on your communication skills. Effective communication is at the top of nearly every company’s wishlist of traits for employees. Find out how Talk Shop can help you make sure you find yourself at the top of their list of candidates.

Contact Matt Crevin today – matt@talkshop.company

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Time to reflect https://www.talkshop.company/blog/time-to-reflect/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/time-to-reflect/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 01:38:05 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=437 Saying it plainly, “It’s Time to Talk.”   As often is the case, many tend to reflect this time of year on what the last year has brought them and what they are looking to accomplish in the New Year.   The idea of focusing our energies on one prevailing idea, […]

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Saying it plainly, “It’s Time to Talk.”

 

As often is the case, many tend to reflect this time of year on what the last year has brought them and what they are looking to accomplish in the New Year.   The idea of focusing our energies on one prevailing idea, concept or thought has been with us for some time and yet, I feel at this moment, an opportunity to not just identify one big idea to carry me through another year, but an entire decade!

I reflected on some of my previous “one word” commitments, like Resilience, Transformation, Perseverance, and realized that these pronouncements seemed to focus on me, not the people I seek to serve. While not a bad thing, I thought, maybe if I tweak my perspective just a bit, I could make my one word commitment more meaningful as a parent as well as my work as a trainer, author, speaker, perspective challenger and advocate for today’s students and young adults.   This came to me during a personal conversation I recently shared and was enlightened that my answers to a specific question were nice, yet only serving of myself.  I listened, sat back and realized I need to tweak a few things…maybe even change a habit.

As some of you know I have indeed lived the one-word commitments over the past decade. Yes, I’ve been resilient and transformed my life after divorce smacked me in the chin; I have persevered through choppy waters but again that’s about me. (Although I did those one-word commitments for the sake of my boys and myself)

As I’ve made the move to create and launch Talk Shop in 2019, I thought to myself, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great to have one concept that really got at the essence of what I am trying to accomplish. ” Well, as it sometimes happens, my ideas come to me while exercising, which is nice…but I don’t carry a notepad and pen and purposefully put my phone away while I work out. Thankfully I was able to recall it.

Born from an early winter’s workout “It’s Time To Talk” entered my frontal lobe and has become this decade’s focus for me.

Are we making a difference that matters? Are we tactfully and gracefully sharing live in person conversations?  Are we seeing positive outcomes occur due to the decisions we make? Are answers we provide leading to improvement in the actual development of our children? Are the strategies we employ as parents, coaches, educators and anyone else working with today’s youth effective? Are they being evaluated with objectivity, and demonstrating with confidence that they are the correct strategies? Is the instruction we are supporting, implementing, developing the most meaningful and relevant instruction that is actually targeted on improving specific issues, or at least in readying today’s youth for new skill sets that truly matter?

Are we all modeling and supporting real and authentic relationships for our children?

Now more than ever the world needs more conversations and it’s time to talk!

But its more than just having the courage to have a difficult conversation with someone, its also about displaying patience and actually listening to one another. It’s absolutely amazing when we listen, when we actually pause; actively listen to truly understand someone else.

Today’s youth face a barrage of challenges vastly different than what I was exposed to in my youth….(dare I say the words, screen time?)   It’s created a whole new existence but the fact remains, “Its time To Talk!”

Whether it is with our family at home, in our relationships, at work, with coaches, with teachers…we all need to get back to sharing more conversations. And oh yeah, did I mention anything about getting our children life ready? As in the need to have more clear, confident face-to-face conversations, such as a job interview?

Whenever I speak with today’s youth, or parents, I end each and every one of my public speaking engagements with a quote. It’s from the legendary Vince Lombardi. “In life you don’t get to decide your future, you get to decide your habits. It’s your habits that decide your future.”

It’s Time to Talk! Is my framework for the decade, I hope you will do the same to adjust your habits if need be.

I hope you give yourself an opportunity to adjust your habits not just this next year but to make a bigger commitment to those in your world. You deserve it, they deserve it, and those that you aim to serve, surely deserve it.

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Why are Soft skills so Hard? https://www.talkshop.company/blog/why-are-soft-skills-so-hard/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/why-are-soft-skills-so-hard/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:56:59 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=431 Are we as parents, as educators, coaches, tutors and anyone else who work with today’s youth, doing all we can preparing middle and high school students for the workplace?  What about the real world?  Are we collectively doing all we can to best support the next generation?  There is still […]

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Are we as parents, as educators, coaches, tutors and anyone else who work with today’s youth, doing all we can preparing middle and high school students for the workplace?  What about the real world?  Are we collectively doing all we can to best support the next generation?  There is still the traditional focus on academic and technical/hard skills. But there’s another set of skills that’s also pivotal to students’ future workplace success—and its becoming clearer by the minute.

We’re talking about “soft skills,” or employ-ability skills. And, as a parent myself as well as someone whose sole purpose is to develop the life skill of effective communication strategies, our role in teaching these skills is growing.

What exactly are soft skills? They’re the non-technical “people” skills—often referred to as “21st century skills”—that help people secure and keep a job. They include skills related to professionalism, communication, a positive attitude and politeness, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and networking—the kinds of skills often mentioned in letters of recommendation.  The types of skills most commonly seen as the top one or two on a job description.

While of course also important, hard skills—knowledge and technical skills represented in test scores, school transcripts, and on-the-job training and performance measures—will take young professionals only so far. Without the necessary soft skills, they may not be viewed as valued employees. Its shocking how “connected” today’s youth are.  So connected that they can be in touch with someone around the corner or around the globe with a few twitches of their fingers and thumbs.  What’s also shocking is the high level of apprehension around having any face to face interactions, regardless of who its with or what the topic is.    I’m talking about a regular old fashioned conversation.  Not via a screen or by a phone, in person!  What about having a hard or difficult conversation?  Do most of us, not just today’s youth, have these challenging conversations?  Or do we run for the hills?  Now more than ever, the world needs more face to face conversations.

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