Working as a speech-language pathologist in NY, I learned a lot about myself by working so closely with (affectionately) my kids. I remember the joy I felt when I would connect with a kid, when they would learn that I was on their side, that I would advocate for them, and that I would do anything in my power to help them communicate better and to feel good about themselves.
Today I had the opportunity to talk to an inspiring group of young business women. These women were from 5th grade to 12th grade and I can't tell how happy I was to engage with youth again.
Don't get me wrong, I love working with college and graduate students as well and working with them comes with a different set of joys and challenges. But today, I had the opportunity to return to my roots.
And it felt so good.
As an added bonus, I spoke about what I love to talk about - communication! In fact, I spoke about effective communication, lessons that we all could use right now.
We talked about the verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication. We talked about all that gets communicated with a simple greeting ~ level of familiarity, level of sincerity, level of confidence, etc.
We talked about balancing the burden of communication, how communication is impacted by culture and context, how dynamic communication is, and understanding that each of us has experiences that impact how we interpret others’ communication.
I so enjoyed working with these beautiful minds and want to thank Tiffany Gibson-Pitts and Girls’ STEPS Inc for allowing me to share my love of communication.
If you are looking for a speaker for your middle and high schoolers, just email me on my contact page!