How etiquette and social skills training can help teenagers open future doors
It can be a thankless task persuading teenagers to do the right thing, let alone listen to you. Our teens are contending with much growing up in today’s fast-moving world. They are forming independent thoughts and ideas, but also want to fit. Balancing those two areas is a challenge – to them and to us as parents!
There are many firsts for teenagers- navigating more complex social relationships, their first date or romantic relationship, formal school events, interviews for academic places and a first job. Communicating effectively and confidently will be key to set themselves apart. Almost overnight our teens will need to understand that despite this high-tech, device-driven world in which we live, they will still have to deal with people, and they will need the soft skills to make an impact.
A positive first impression at an interview gives is an advantage over their peers – especially given that people make up their mind about you within just seven seconds of meeting you! That is why body language, handshakes, smiles, self-awareness and the capability of managing nerves can make a big difference in their future. Gaining social skills and confidence – the social intelligence – in the modern world is of equal, if not greater, value to a good education.
It is not easy growing up, but we can empower our teenagers with the critical social skills to prepare them for the transformative years ahead. A very helpful addition to the love, support, and tools we give as parents, is having someone knowledgeable, who is not a parent, re-iterate and expand on what we teach at home. A course in etiquette and social skills such as this one can prove to deepen their knowledge and skills. It is also fun learning in a practical way with other teenagers and being able to apply what they have learned straight away. They also receive a certificate of completion after the course that is very handy to add to their résumé.
Written by Ana Rettalack of The Standard Companion