I have two young children, ages 12 and 6 (my youngest would correct me and say “almost 7, daddy.”)
Like every other parent, I have a long list of things I think and worry about when it comes to my kids: keeping them safe, getting them educated, helping them develop the social and emotional skills and self-confidence they will need. It’s a long list, and one not limited to just parents … grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents. Anyone who has young people in their lives spends time thinking about these kinds of things. We all want to see the young people in our lives learn to fly even though our younger generations may not always want, or think they need, the help.
In our house, one of the things that is absolutely on that list is the importance of communication: their ability to speak up on their own behalf. My wife and I spend lots of time with our kids helping them develop the ability to express themselves verbally, and tell their own story. Right now that story might be about the LEGO creation they just made and how amazing it is, or the backyard science experiment that blew up unexpectedly, or the new video game that would dramatically change their lives for the better. At this point, that’s all their communication skills are necessary for. And I love it when I hear them able to express themselves, and advocate for the things they care about.
But eventually those skills become about a lot more than LEGO creations. Some day down the road, this story telling ability will be critical to their job search, for the promotion they seek or the business they start. Eventually their communication skills will become a critical tool in their tool box for success, no matter what direction they choose.
The simple fact is that the ability to tell their story and be heard pays huge dividends no matter what path our kids decide to travel. My colleagues and I talk about it all the time… it is a really noisy world that the younger generations are growing into. And in a really noisy world, the ability to be heard is not just a “nice to have” skill. In many ways, it is a “must have” skill.
LatimerNext was founded with the explicit goal of providing the next generation of business leaders and professionals the communication skills they will need to survive and thrive in the business world. The greatest gift we can give the young people in our lives is an investment in their future. And I can’t think of any skill that will be more valuable, or that can be leveraged in more ways, than the skill of powerful communication.
Invest in the next generation. Give them the skills they will need to fly. LatimerNext can help.