Ep. 158 – Speaking To Youth
“Speak to TEENAGERS?” To some, that’s normal. To others, it’s SCARY. Today Mark draws from his 20+ years serving the youth market, as he and Darren discuss how to effectively connect with and serve that tricky age group of 11 – 18 years old. What they share will make it a lot less scary and will set you up for successful youth presentations.
- You may not want to, but you may get to speak to youth
- Learn their ‘language’ and what is important to them
- Learn what ‘moves’ youth by speaking with your children and grandchildren
- Your nieces, nephews, and neighbor’s children may be more open than yours
- Friends/family who are educators or work in schools can teach you a lot
- Show interest in young people, and show that you care about them
- Let them see themselves in your stories
- Entertain them. You are competing with television and social media
- Draw from experiences you had at their age
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Dear Darren and Mark,
Your message is extremely timely. My customer who owns five Boston Pizza restaurants here in Vancouver, approached me to motivate his staff. These are young men and women who are in that age group where they lack motivation. My children are all grown up and left so I can’t ask them.
Could you please give this some thought? I was thinking a fifteen minute power talk would be comfortable and not get them too bogged down. Do you have any ideas of where to begin?