Character development for teens is paramount and part of the 21st century skills schools are teaching. Good communication skills are among the top skills companies look for when hiring. Employers everywhere are saying that young people lack these critical people skills to be successful on the job.
Character development for the 21st century is important because good communication skills matter, a lot! According to the article, Executives Say the 21st Century Requires More Skilled Workers, communication skills will become more important to businesses in the future, according to a new survey conducted by American Management Association. The majority of survey respondents agreed that their employees are measured in communication skills (80.4%) during annual performance appraisals.
If you are looking for help teaching character development and other 21st century skills to teens, check out my award-winning book, Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World. A crash course in face-to-face communication, Smile & Succeed for Teens is used by many middle and high schools and entire school districts. An easy to use Teaching Guide (pdf or softcover) is available to make teaching the important lessons in the book even easier.
From learning how to interview and get a job, to the importance of volunteering and how to ask for the donation (and get it!), Smile & Succeed for Teens is packed full of character development skills that teens can easily master. Based on my award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service, teens will learn all the important customer service and sales skills for success on the job.
Strong communication skills for teens are significant and necessary for success in school, work and life. Smile & Succeed for Teens provides an easy way to teach these critical skills, and a simple and effective way for teens to learn them.
What is your biggest challenge teaching character development to teens for success in the 21st century?
Kirt Manecke is the author of the award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service. His award-wining book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World is packed full of character development skills for the 21st century. Learn more about Kirt on his website.