Few realize these common "connecting" mistakes

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

#99 There is a reason why networking is critical in your personal life. 

"Being likeable and interesting is not necessary" said nearly no one anywhere.  It is not only a crucial skill, but the rewards are many.  From investing in the lives of others you meet, to helping in your business or professional life as well, it's a skill that needs practice.   

With all the amazing benefits of being accomplished at personal networking, many  assume "i will pick this skill up as I go along".   The big heartbreaker in leaving it to "I'll pick it up as I go along" is a big life question.  What amazing relationships, connections, and even life friendships have been left unrealized?  It just doesn't have to be this way.  

Even more importantly, your child can and should learn how to be likeable and...

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Looking 5-Minutes Forward To The Future

 

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

 

#98:  Yes, you can encourage your teen to get a "jumpstart" on their future right now, while it is easier than learning as an adult.   

Go back to your teen years.  
Compare those typical teenage+ years to what you know now.  

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does what you "do" every day now (career, time) in anyway "fit" with what you thought, experienced, or spent time doing when you a mere teen? 
  • Did you ever think about your future?  Prepare for your future?

Odds are you didn't concentrate on the "after" of traditional high school or perhaps even during college if that's the educational route you took.  

But what if I told you that spending 5 minutes with your teen could help them focus in with intention on what they might want to do with their future? 

What...

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Tips (and whys) that Lead to Successful Introductions

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  

#97:  Everything good can start with an introduction.  Sadly, every missed connection can start with a sub-par introduction, too.  Let's help our kids learn this baseline skill.  

Forbes magazine got it right.  They recently discussed the importance of introductions.  The phrase they used?   Introductions are “immensely important”.  Absolutely.  

Now sprinkle in these 2 timely teen observations: 

  • Late teens just beyond in age typically have spent most of their time around the same people: family and the same set of friends they’ve had for 3+ years.  They have not needed to introduce themselves very often.  Now let’s up our observation game here
  • Our “almost grown kids” for the better part of 2 years or more, have been hibernating behind a...
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It's fast and easy to learn and share

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

#94:  The 5 Minute Button Every Teen Should Know

You've taught your "soon-to-be-graduated" child to tie their shoes, play Monopoly, and how to drive.  But what about helping them to conquer those inevitable setbacks that will come their way?  

Don't forget to teach them this 5-Minute "Keep Moving Forward" Hack.  
 
Setbacks.  They happen often to our kids.  
Frustrations will happen to them from now on, unfortunately.  But often setbacks encourage an emotional response that's tough to overcome.  

We've all learned how to teach 2 + 2, that Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and the Gettysburg Address, and how to ride a bike.  

But teaching them emotional tools?  Why haven't we taught them more of this?  Can it be done?  In short, YES.

Your child (and mine) need as many...

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4 Steps to Getting a Great Recommendation Letter

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

#92:  4 Steps to Getting Great Recommendations

Your child needs every tool available to succeed in this environment.  They just need to know a few points to increase the odds of getting that job, that college interview, that internship interview, that organization vacancy and more.

Learn these "secrets" to getting glowing recommendations that can help get them further and farther.  

"Hire that young man".
"Accept that applicant".
"You are in.  Orientation starts next week."
 
These are all wonderful phrases you want your "almost grown" adult to hear.

How can your child up the odds of hearing those statements?  Quite simply, they need to do just a bit more than most others will.  They need to take just a few extra steps to receiving recommendations that are not only good, but provide information that the interviewer or...

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Your teen might have a resume, but what else might help?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 

Is a Resume Enough?  How Can My Older Teen Standout among the competition?

(Special Interview with Preston Bloskas, advisor to the Mays School of Business Board, Texas A & M University)
 
Your HS or College-aged child probably has the following coming soon . . . 
*interviews    *part-time job    *college apps    *organization apps  *scholarship apps
 
The list above could go on and on.   Perhaps they already have a resume.  
 
But there is one thing you can almost always count on these days:  competition.  Getting in colleges isn't a snap, and that part-time job has more applicants than SuperBowl viewership, and Ft. Knox doesn't have enough money for all those competing for scholarships your child is applying for.  
 
Is there anything that can help your...
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This is a professional app. What should you consider?

  Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
"Does Your Teen Need This Professional App?"

  You know about TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
But is LinkedIn an app your teen should consider?

Is there a social media app that you should as a parent take a look at?  That's what this podcast is going to help you consider - and quickly.

In reality, there are strong reasons for "NO, this isn't for my teen" and strong reasons to actually consider encouraging your teen to join LinkedIn.   

Just for starters, in this podcast you'll learn:

  • What is the age requirement to join LinkedIn?
  • What does it mean when LinkedIn is described as "professional"?
  • Why would a teenager even want to be on LinkedIn?
  • Is LinkedIn for every teen?  What about your mini-you?

Get up to speed on this important question:  is LinkedIn a good fit for my teen?  Get ahead of the...

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Hello, My Name Is . . . How to Fix 3 Introduction Mistakes

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER. 
   "Don't Make These 3 Introduction MISTAKES" 

The time to help your "almost grown" learn how to put their best foot forward - is NOW.  

Have you ever watched your child introduce themselves to others?    OR . . .  Watch them as someone is introducing themselves to your child?

If you do, you'll likely notice that they stumble through it.  

Here's the thing, they need learn how to do it effectively.  It is so much more than "Hello, my name is...".   You want them to feel confident, look confident, and to put the person they are introducing themselves to at ease.  Your child deserves to be remembered after the introduction.  You might call this "networking", but that's not quite accurate.  It's more like "life-working".  

Just in case you are thinking it is too...

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Has Your Teen Begun Networking Yet?

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
   "5 Tips For an Email Every Teen Should Send"       
When you hear the word "networking", what comes to your mind?
Is it slimy, manipulative, hard, boring, useless OR is it rewarding, helpful, and giving?
 
You can probably guess which is the better answer.  Odds are high that your "nearly grown" child might think at least some of the negatives.  
 
But let me assure you, one word they likely think about networking is  - - - FEAR.
 
Why fear?
We've taught our kids "don't talk to strangers" . . . "stranger danger" . . . and more.  Rightly so, of course.  But now they need to break out of this mindset and begin that climb into reaching up and out - one step at a time.
 
Plus, reaching out always has the "risk" of someone not acknowledging the...
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The MUST Skill of the Decade - Networking

 Podcast:   Parenting Your "Nearly Grown"   JUST.   GOT.   EASIER.  
   "Networking - Beyond The Lemonade Stand"      

Reality and Truth >>> Networking and meeting people face-to-face?  It's a very critical and MUST skill to have.  Is your child ready?

Sadly, our teens and college-aged kids have two (2)  strikes against them to mastering this skill. 

  Your child has likely been in hibernation for months or as long as 2 years.
  Your child has probably relied on technology (phones, social media...) to connect with others in general.  

Let this statistic sink in:

In a survey conducted by TechJury.net, 81% of the respondents by the end of 2021 will have face-to-face meetings.  

So how can you help your child learn these skills?  They need to start with the basics.  They need to practice them.  In this podcast you'll...

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