Motivational Youth Speaker Demonstrates the Art of Active Listening

Motivational Youth Speaker Demonstrates the Art of Active Listening

Successful individuals possess a variety of both hard and soft skills. Hard skills are the teachable abilities, or easily quantifiable skills, including computer programming, ability to operate a machine, possessing a degree or a diploma, and the list goes on. On the other hand, soft skills are the people or interpersonal skills, which are more subjective and harder to quantify, including communication, leadership, teamwork, and time management, to name a few. A motivational youth speaker understands that in today's competitive work market, employers are increasingly looking at an individual's soft skills.

Employers understand that while hard skills can be taught, it is much more difficult to teach soft skills. One key skill for most employers is the area of communication, and one desired component of communication is the art of active listening.

Active Listening Modeled by the Motivational Youth Speaker

Active Listening Modeled by the Motivational Youth SpeakerActive listening is the ability to give the speaker your full attention while attempting to understand the entire message the speaker wants to relay. A motivational youth speaker comes with the ability to teach students the basics of active listening and why it is an important skill to master. Those who listen actively respond with both verbal and nonverbal signs, including smiling, nodding, avoiding distraction, and asking appropriate questions.

As the motivational youth speaker will tell you, possessing active listening skills provides many benefits, including the ability to communicate better and solve problems more easily. Active listening also leads to greater self-reliance and increased productivity.

The Motivational Youth Speaker Understands the Intricacies of the Job Market

The Motivational Youth Speaker Understands the Intricacies of the Job MarketObviously, one of the main aims of the educational system is to provide our students with the skills needed to become productive members of the workforce. In our global economy, competition is no longer restricted to other individuals living in the same area. Consequently, the competition for jobs, especially highly desirable jobs, is increasingly stiff. Therefore, possessing a combination of hard skills and soft skills is the best insurance to one day finding a desirable job.

In order to maximize the potential of our students, we need to go beyond the hard skills and ensure that each of them also improves their soft skills, like active listening. First, however, we must instill the importance of soft skills in our students. This is where a motivational youth speaker excels. A motivational youth speaker has the ability to excite students and unite them into a common concept. If a school brings the students to the understanding of the importance of soft skills and helps build a school culture around that concept, the better the future looks.

Joel Penton is one such motivational youth speaker. He played football for The Ohio State University for 5 years and was awarded the Wuerffel Trophy (also called the Humanitarian Heisman). Rather than going on to play in the NFL, he began a speaking career. He believes in providing a positive message for our students and motivating them to understand that any individual can achieve great things. To learn more about the art of active listening and have Joel speak at your assembly, please contact us today.


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