Communication Lessons from 5 year olds-Part 3

Continuing with part three of my article series that left off last Wednesday, I bring your attention to lesson three: Don't let anyone distract you. You may have noticed that little children are like a freight train barreling through anyone who dares to interrupt them or try to distract them from their goal.  They will ask sixteen times in a row, if they have to, in order to obtain the cookie.  I refer you to last Friday's Communication Friday Funny where little Sophia, aged 2, wanted a lollipop. As we grow older and wiser, we learn to become sensitive to other's needs and this is a good thing, but we also learn to exchange our tenacity for fear and our  sticktoitiveness for defeat.  What we need to do is learn from our five year old examples and keep our eyes on the goal.  Don't give up our visions for comfort.  Find a tactful and adult way to not let anyone distract us from our goals. On Wednesday, I'll conclude this series on lessons we can learn from five year olds.  In the meantime, don't forget that the Art of Eloquence Birthday Bash is tomorrow!  Check out who will be posting some info and tips on our Facebook fan page and what prizes they'll be giving away right here on the blog by clicking here.    I'll be posting all the contest links on our Birthday Bash page so if you miss one, check there to enter! And please pass around our video to your friends so nobody will miss all the fun:


  • Angelique

    Your point is valueble for me. Thanks!

  • JoJo

    Yes, we need to have some tact in how we pursue our idea but we can learn a great deal from children about how to persevere.

  • Carla

    Excellent tactic! As adults, though, we get frustrated when a kid asks the same thing a gazillion times. We need to find a way to do it politely, but in that spirit of never give up or, as you say, don’t get distracted. We over-analyze way too much. Kids see no reason why they shouldn’t ask over and over and over again until they get what they want. (Or get smacked! ROFLOL)

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