This past weekend I volunteered as a timer at my daughter’ swim meet. This gave me a chance to talk to hundreds of children and teens, and it was amazing to witness the wide range of poise, grace, and manners among these youth.
Part of the timer’s job, is to check in the swimmer at the starting block and make sure everyone was in the right place before each race. When calling out each swimmer’s name, I saw big differences in how children and youth responded.
Some turned to me, smiled, looked me in the eye, and said their name. They showed poise, grace, and confidence. Some even started a pleasant conversation while waiting for their turn to swim. Others barely made eye contact and grunted when I asked them to confirm their name.
Fair or not, people who can make a positive impression will enjoy more opportunities than those who don’t. The swimmers who smiled, made eye contact, and could carry on a polite conversation are the ones who will get a few more chances in life than those who don’t develop these skills.
Don’t let your child miss out on any opportunities and teach them the importance of a positive impression.