Talk Shop https://www.talkshop.company Sun, 17 Apr 2022 15:29:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.talkshop.company/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cropped-bubble_square_512x512-1-32x32.png Talk Shop https://www.talkshop.company 32 32 RESILIENCE AND PURPOSE https://www.talkshop.company/blog/reselience-and-purpose/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/reselience-and-purpose/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2022 21:22:07 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=836 This is by far the most vulnerable I’ve been in any of my writing.  Somehow this feels like the right time to open up a little.  And at the same time, I want to share some of my story because it ties in directly to my mission of Talk Shop […]

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This is by far the most vulnerable I’ve been in any of my writing.  Somehow this feels like the right time to open up a little.  And at the same time, I want to share some of my story because it ties in directly to my mission of Talk Shop and the “WHY” behind what I do.

Rarely do I like to talk in cliches, but I want to start with one.  You need rain and sun to grow.  (I’ll come back to this cliché in a bit) It’s hard to believe but I have crossed over the line…the threshold of having been divorced for as long as I was married… (side note: do I get a door prize?)

For those who don’t know my personal parenting journey, I was dealt a divorce 10 years ago, when my boys were the tender ages of 3 and 7.  I’d like to share a little about what I have learned and what it continues to teach me. (Mainly about how pivotal effective communication skills are in life).

While enduring the ongoing existence of a divorce isn’t the most pleasant thing I get to experience, I have learned a lot.  It has also put me in a position to learn a lot about myself.  As the expression goes, “time is a great healer” and indeed time allows me to continue to heal, to reflect, to learn, and to adapt.  My journey through marriage, becoming a father, divorce and co-parenting have all been ripe with ups and downs.  Complete with a full range of emotions that are wide ranging.

For me, it’s an ongoing journey of managing the ups and downs all the while being consistent for my boys.  What does this mean exactly?  It means I strive to be consistent in the way I parent overall, the way I listen, the way I’m present, and the way I communicate with them.  Is it easy?  Not all the time.

This article would carry on way too long if I listed all the lessons I have learned through this ongoing journey but I will do my best to summarize.

I have learned to navigate this ongoing aspect of my life the same way that I manage any type of business or social relationship and the numerous types of conversations that they require.  Whether I’m having a highly emotional conversation at work, resolving conflict or simply having a direct chat with my boys, I strive to be consistent in my approach.  I listen first, ask questions if need be, to fully understand someone else’s perspective and then I respond.  It seems like such a simple method but we all know there are many who do otherwise.

Afterall, we all want to be heard, we all want to be understood, right?

I have learned to communicate even more clearly than ever. If it takes a minute or two to gather my thoughts before I talk, so be it.  I’ve learned Its better then rushing to respond without thinking clearly about what I’m saying.   I have learned to ask questions to get clarity, numerous times, if that what it takes for me to understand someone else.  I have learned that listening more and talking less is often times the best approach.

I have learned how important listening is.  I have learned this from very difficult conversations I have had (and still do have) with my ex-wife, especially conversations I didn’t want any part of.  I’ve also learned this during conversations with my boys as they were growing up with divorce swirling around them at a very young age and asked me many deep questions about what it all means.  With my boys especially, simply letting them talk and listening to them was and will always be essential.  Acknowledging them, letting them know its ok to share how they feel and to start talking about what they feel inside.  My boys needed to be understood and I wanted to understand them and listening is pivotal in order to understand someone else.

I’ve learned that at times, answering tough questions as directly as possible will be best.  I’ve learned there are times where offering more detail is important, while keeping it to the point at the same time.  I’ve learned that incorporating these guidelines into every conversation will support me to be consistent.  Equally as important, I have learned to execute this consistency not only in my face-to-face conversations but in the way I communicate online too.  There are times a quick text or e-mail can be effective and there’s times where it will backfire and cause a disconnect that could have been alleviated.  My divorce has brought some highly emotional conversations…and its easy to dash off an e-mail and hope the message lands as you intended it to.  Let me tell you, it doesn’t work!  (it’s not realistic to talk to an ex-wife or ex-husband every single time an issue comes up) but it would help greatly if you want to be understood.

I have learned that what (used to) hurt doesn’t matter.   I’ll be honest, there were years it hurt to not have an outside source of validation as to how I was doing as a dad.  In the ever-increasing social media world we all live in, seeing others be lauded by their wife or partner on father’s day for example, and not being recognized was tough at first.  Nine years of coaching my oldest in youth baseball and football and not be recognized for all the time, effort, and commitment that other dads would get, was tough at first.  I never signed up to be a dad to get recognition from anyone…I’m simply stating how those initial first years of divorce were very alienating.

A recent University of Pittsburg (Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health) study reveals that the more social media we use, the lonelier we are likely to be.  The study goes on in detail about the “social comparison” on social media.  The impressions from the outside can easily be “I can’t measure up with what seems to be the less than normal life I lead.”  The study concludes that social media use contributes enormously to people feeling alone.  Now, it’s very easy to point fingers or to blame technology (social media) on the increase of loneliness, but I want to own the fact that it played a part in how I adjusted my life.  I learned over time that I don’t need anyone else’s recognition let alone over a post on social media about who I am as a dad on Father’s Day or any other day for that matter.  Seeking validation from others doesn’t matter to me anymore.  Did it hurt, yes, initially it did.  Time has helped with this.

I’ve learned to manage what I can and cannot control.  Divorce takes an emotional toll on me, no hiding this fact.  I do my best to stay grounded for my boys.  In a way it is a lot like hitting a reset button every time my boy’s transition back to me after a week away.  Resetting my connection with them, readjusting the simple things in life like parenting them to have good table manners, not to interrupt during conversations to name just a few.  Divorce can create many gaps that need to be consistently bridged.  I have stayed true to my “connect first, then correct later” approach.  And boy oh boy is consistency ever needed in raising kids!

Communicating with clarity and impact is always the centerpiece of my life.  From my business background to my work with the 49ers, to the way I communicate with my boys, communicating clearly has always been a focal point for me…and the lessons I learned and continue to develop have propelled me to launch Talk Shop.

Divorce can be unsettling to say the least. Parenting can be challenging even while in a healthy relationship let alone a broken one.

But through my lens, I believe divorce changed my life in some positive ways. It made me a better human and brought me back to my original purpose.

To help others.

Adversity hits us all in different ways…when it does hit you and it feels like the rain cloud is directly over your head, remember, it takes a little rain and a little sun for us all to grow.

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It takes a village https://www.talkshop.company/blog/it-takes-a-village/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/it-takes-a-village/#respond Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:23:25 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=818 I am sure you can agree 2021 was another challenging year full of ups, downs and unknowns. Talk Shop continues to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic – which makes effective communication skills even more pivotal. One of my initiatives this year is to build awareness […]

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I am sure you can agree 2021 was another challenging year full of ups, downs and unknowns. Talk Shop continues to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic – which makes effective communication skills even more pivotal.

One of my initiatives this year is to build awareness of my mission:  “Developing today’s students to communicate clearly and confidently regardless of the situation or setting.”  I truly enjoy delivering dynamic real-world experiences that build confidence and leadership. As I continue to strive to share my vision with high school and college students everywhere, I could use your help. It takes a village to build a business from scratch and getting the word out is instrumental. I am hopeful you will share this post with your circle of connections.  
Students who develop strong communication habits now will have the skills they truly need…and the skills that make a real difference!
I truly appreciate your support.
With gratitude,
Matt

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Communication is Everything! https://www.talkshop.company/blog/communication-is-everything/ https://www.talkshop.company/blog/communication-is-everything/#respond Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:33:30 +0000 https://www.talkshop.company/?p=772 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 […]

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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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