How will our teenagers function in the “real world”?

teens

There is so much going on out there, and teens are pretty clueless of how they appear to us “adults”. They think they know how they want to be perceived, yet the girls are wearing the shortest tightest skirts, (I can’t imagine how they can even sit down) or the boys have their jeans hanging way down below their belts. For the most part, their communication skills get worse every day as they submerge themselves in their world of text messages, inserting the word “like” into each sentence, and abbreviate everything. They have no idea how to look someone in the eye, shake hands or even speak up with something other than “wassup”. With budget cuts getting worse every day and class sizes getting bigger, how can we get to these kids and teach them what they need to know about survival? The teachers can’t do it, they’re stuck with curriculum that must be taught and then tested. The curriculum is old and for the most part outdated. The teachers are underpaid and have no incentive to inspire. The kids are bored and don’t listen and as a result our drop out ratio is higher than ever. This is our future folks – these kids will one day be running our country and making decisions that will affect a lot of us as we enter the later years of our lives. If you think life is scary now – just wait!

I’ve been taught that when you see a challenge, find a solution. So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve created a series of “classes” to teach life skills to teens. I’ve been fortunate, in that I have found a way to relate to teenagers, and they to me. Coaching and mentoring these kids feeds my soul, but more importantly gives them a new outlook with which to face life. I’m not saying that they’re all a mess, but there are way too many who are. I realize this is pretty brutal, but then truth usually is.

It starts with self esteem. Who are their role models? Who do you think are their role models and why? Is it Kanye and his rap or Lebron James and his focus? Are they listening and doing, or just doing without listening? Are they aware of consequences? Do they care? Do they know what a goal is? If so, do they know how to set and reach it? These are just the first few questions and answers that we dig into when I’m coaching. What makes a teenager tick? How can we motivate them to think and do something positive?

Teenage is a tough time, but we can help them to develop a sense of self and future goals. They can learn to think, act and even accomplish things they never thought about. One of my first students was a 16 year old high school mother with absolutely no self-esteem or thoughts that she could accomplish anything other than just getting through school, and even that would be a first in her family of 14! She grew into a confident, skilled, smart young woman and worked for me personally for 10 years! I’m so proud of her and who she has become, the family she is raising and the life she is enjoying.

If we can work together to produce a better curriculum for life then that’s what we must do. Contact me: Tish@talk2tish.com or Direct 310.867.3334

Let’s work together to create a better life for your kids! I know we can do it!

Mobile Communication?

My friend Stephanie founded SocialBling.com!  She is the first I know of to actually concentrate on Social Readiness!  Communication is key to a lot of us, and Stephanie has a wonderful way of doing just that. Mobile Liberation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-michele/mobile

Check out this fabulous article she just published in the Huffington Post!

Hiring Teenagers!

Most people think I’m crazy when I tell them that my “passion” is working with Teenagers! I find that once you break through, (and that’s a challenge) they can be inquisitive, curious and even helpful! I’ve had quite interesting experiences lately. I was brought in to a local hospitality company to handle the recruiting for their summer help. Most of the applications were from students who had never worked before.

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TALK2TISH IS PLEASED TO PARTNER WITH LIFETIME TELEVISION TO PRESENT THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER CAREER KICKSTART BOOT CAMP

One-Day Event on Saturday, October 23rd, to Attract Hundredsof Job-Seekers to the new Santa Monica Place Mall

Talk2Tish with Special Role in Interactive Booths

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 23, 2010)  -  Talk2Tish is pleased to join with Lifetime Television in presenting The Fairy Jobmother Career Kick start Boot Camp, a one-day event on Saturday, October 23rd, at Santa Monica Place Mall from 12-4pm, to promote the launch of the new unscripted series The Fairy Jobmother.  Premiering Thursday, October 28th, at 11pm ET/PT, after the Project Runway season eight finale on Lifetime, The Fairy Jobmother will follow international career specialist Hayley Taylor each week as she assists job-challenged families with her no-nonsense and tough love tactics to motivate them to get back on the payroll.  Recognized for her no holds barred approach, Taylor will help and inspire those who have struggled with unemployment to realize new career opportunities.

In anticipation of the series, the plaza at Santa Monica Place will transform into a community platform set to entertain, engage and inform consumers of the job interview process from start to finish, as well as to provide general career advice in a fun and interactive way. Admission is free and open to the public.

Talk2Tish is pleased to be involved in this community event and anticipates incredible interaction with the public.  A schedule of events includes the following:

  • Main Stage – with keynote speakers, including Hayley Taylor, The Fairy Jobmother, as well as panel discussions and audience interaction
  • Interactive Booths – with specific emphasis on Resumé do’s and don’ts, social media networking, job hunting advice and interviewing skills
  • Job Fair – Opportunity to interview with a Lifetime recruiter on-site at the event, along with additional area companies offering key advice on the application and interview process, as well as best practices for being considered as an employee
  • Resumé drop box
  • Raffle prizes and other surprises for all in attendance!

To kick start your career or for additional information, go to myLifetime.com/bootcamp.

ABOUT Talk2Tish

 

Linda “Tish” Tisherman is vibrant and passionate. Tish has been a professional in the world of staffing for over 25 years.  She’s constantly evolving with new thoughts, new processes, new ways of communication, all of which benefit “her clients”, while, at the same time, guiding Tish towards both personal and professional development to live her life at an amazing level of gratitude and joy!  Tish is a frequent guest speaker at community organizations, local high schools and colleges such as Santa Monica College, USC Marshall and USC Annenberg.

Everyone wants control over their own lives.  They want to pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.  They want to hear that it is possible – even in today’s climate.  Tish’s students learn what truly IS possible when they are coachable, committed, want to develop conviction, persistence and a mindset that failure is not an option.!

With that, we make dreams and visions a reality!  Contact Tish at 310.867.3334 or tish@talk2tish.com 

Our Journey

Our journey of life is about progress, not perfection. It's not about doing one thing 100% better - it's a matter of doing 100 things, 1% better each day. Progress is evolutionary not revolutionary, and most days we measure our progress in inches, not miles. What matters most is showing up for your life whether you feel like it or not. Ask yourself, "What two or three little things can I do today that would move me forward?" You'll be amazed at how much distance you can cover by taking it in increments. The little things add up; the inches turn to miles; and we string together our efforts like so many pearls. Before long, look what you have - a whole strand!

Honor our Teachers!

Aside from parents, who makes the biggest impact on our children?  Their teachers!  Bless these men and women who dedicate themselves to the growth and development of tomorrow's future leaders.  Take a few minutes and view this video.  Then do something special to acknowledge those amazing men and women! 

Making a difference in the life of children.....

I've been working with children (mostly teenagers) for lots of years.  Encouragement to our youth seems to be something that is needed and unfortunately with today's economy, seems to be lacking.  At a recent Chamber Board meeting, I listened to a proposal from our local school district Superintendent as he explained how many teachers will receive pink slips, what courses will be cut, and how class sizes will increase.  A parcel tax was proposed and passed for endorsement almost unanimously for a special election by mail in May.  A temporary "fix" for now. So - what else are we going to do about the lack of education to the future leadership of our country?  I'm proud to be a part of Rotary International who puts great emphasis on literacy.  As this week is "Literacy Week", many of us have found our way to local elementary schools to "read to the students".  It was most satisfying to have those little faces full of attention as they listened to stories about everything from the alphabet to animals.  Not only are we lacking in the schools - but how many parents take (or even have) the time to just read with their kids.  I can remember back to my own childhood and my parents encouragement to read.  I started like most kids with Dr. Seuss, moved on to Nancy Drew, and from there, a continuous library of reading has been a good part of my life and learning experiences.  My mind opened up to all kinds of possibilities and dreams.  Adventures of story book characters kept me enthralled and as a bi-product improved my vocabulary and imagination.

So, here's where I encourage you, my readers.  Choose a school and volunteer.  Get involved.  Find alternative learning opportunities.  We have a wealth of life experiences to share.  So let's share it.  My kids are grown now with kids of their own.  They love reading and being read to.  My daughter was reading to my granddaughter while still swaddled.  Now, at 10 years old, Anya reads voraciously, sometimes 2-3 books at a time.

Don't wait for a week especially created to "read to our youth".  They need us now!  And that's just the beginning.....