• There is a critical skill set needed to survive the changes we are facing.

  • These skills can be learned and improved through practice in group coaching.

  • These skills will help youth into adulthood. 

There is a critical set of skills needed to survive our rapidly changing world.

These skills improve interpersonal communication, increase innovation and entrepreneurship abilities.  Often known as ‘soft skills’ these also improve leadership abilities.

They can be learned and improved by practice. This is why group coaching can be so effective.

These skills are:


Our future adults need to be confident in speaking to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Effect communication is one of the most important skills to have. It includes reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Here are some example of activities.

  • Practice telling stories

  • Use vocabulary resources like Word of the Day.

  • Impromptu Speaking: – Practice speaking on a topic for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Presentations: Encourage them to make presentations on topics of their choice.

  • Positive Evaluation: Give, and teach them, to present positive suggestions for improvement.


All aspects of life need people to work effectively as  team members. To prepare young people in this area requires more than teamwork.

Have them:

  • work in groups;

  • have them take on different roles;

  • practice conflict resolution;

  • learn to get along with others by modeling good teamwork;

  • play games working in teams;

  • organize contests or even board games just for fun.


 The next generation needs to be creative. The world is changing faster than ever before. We are facing unprecedented challenges.

  • Introduce games that need creative skills.

  • Try a variety of group activities.

  • Examples are charades or debates.


Let them practice how to think. We can’t assume that they know how. Youth today want quick answers and don’t take the time to think things through.

  • Encourage discussion on seeing problems from different angles.

  • Let them work out their own solutions.

  • This is an indispensable tool for their future.


If they can solve problems, they can do almost any job.

  • Don’t solve their problems for them.

  • Let them take on the challenges and try different solutions.

  • Let them figure things out by themselves.

Have them develop confidence in their problem solving abilities. Then there will be nothing they can’t do.


We need innovators to build our future and solve big problems.

  • Encourage them to take initiative and contribute to the world.

  • Help them organize their ideas and put them into practice.

  • They should never be afraid of trying because they are afraid of failure.

  • If an idea fails, it can be a valuable lesson to analyse what went wrong.  and consider how to improve an idea.

We do not know exactly what lies ahead for them in the future. But these survival skills students will help them once they get there.

Contact me to obtain a report on a simple and easy system on how to set up group coaching programs for youth. You can do this in the ‘Contact us‘ section of the website.

Please contact me to enter the discussion OR TO REQUEST A FREE COPY OF THE GROUP COACHING PLAYBOOK. 

Wishing you lots of love and laughter, as always.

Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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  1. Hi Fred,

    I have been using some of these survival skills with my students such as communication skills, increase their vocabulary with WOD, impromptu speaking. Also being creative in storytelling. I would like to get them involved in problem solving and critical thinking. I have started them on team building. If you have anymore suggestions or ideas please let me know. Mary

  2. Hi Mary,

    Thank you for your message. It is good to hear from you again.

    There are a couple of suggestions. One is known as ‘Philosophical Chairs’ that one of the participants brought to our attention a few years ago. It was from The San Diego school district. As I have your email address, I will send you a short write up. There are Youtube videos that will demonstrate it for you. One can be found at:

    Also you can try debating and you can find ground rules for simple debates as well on the Internet. Those are a few suggestions.

    I hope this assists you.


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