Posted March 3, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Human Connection
Today’s young people crave a human connection with the authority figures in their life—and it’s hard for them to move forward without it. Here’s why, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—hello and welcome! Today I want to talk about the power of forging a human connection with young people. Did you know that Generation Z is the first generation that will not move forward in their education and career without a human connection?
Previous generations would largely play along with what their elders wanted them to do. But today’s young people won’t, unless they see a compelling and engaging reason why from someone they trust.
That’s what I mean by a human connection: when we feel seen, heard, and valued by someone, we feel a connection with them on a personal level. Once this connection is forged, we’re much more likely to comply with what they’re asking, because we trust that they have our good in mind.
Nothing digital, no matter how personalized or customized, can replace the power of a truly human connection. And young people know it. In a fragmented and virtual world, they’ve realized early on that the human connection is everything. They want someone to believe in them—someone whom they believe in and respect.
Don’t underestimate the power of the human connection. Yes, it takes time to create. We can’t show someone we genuinely see, hear, and value them instantly. But it’s worth every minute to move young people forward at home, at school, and in their careers.
Tomorrow: remember the viral phrase “OK, Boomer”? It’s still out there—and it’s still revealing something important about the younger generations. Find out more tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate. We’ll see you then!