Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of high school seniors.
The topic? Personal branding. One very important aspect of how they brand themselves has to do with how they “spark” up conversation.
And by spark, I don’t mean
or give one word.
We’re talkin’ actually talkin’! I encourage them to practice engaging in conversation by talking with their parents and their friends’ parents. It’s simply getting used to making adult conversation, which I think we can all agree is hard; even for adults.
Helping our teens, or even children for that matter, learn how to engage in thoughtful conversation is a most important lifeskill; a gift that will keep on giving. So how can we help?
The best way to teach a child or teen how to have a conversation is to simply have one, two or ten conversations.
So, calling all of you adults out there: When a teen in your life is in your presence and isn’t talking to you, talk to them. Ask them questions, questions and more questions. AND, when they get up the nerve to ask you a question, please, please, PLEASE be thoughtful, engaging and, most importantly, present. What you say will not just be a short moment in time, but the keys to a skill that will last them a lifetime.
Happy talking, Gracious Girls and Guys!