You know when you walk into a restaurant or cafe, and your first reaction is…
4 Tips to Help Your Business Connect With Kids
I sometimes wonder why adults put so little thought into how they relate and talk to kids. It surprises me that some adults have no idea how to speak to kids. Maybe they just don’t have them? Things that kids relate to change as kids get older just like with adults and it’s good to keep up.
Nobody likes to be spoken over the top of, ignored or treated like a baby. I definitely don’t appreciate stickers and stamps when I’m a 12 year old girl although I did when I was 5 so thank you.
I know adults are trying to relate when they create small talk and ask questions like: “How was your day?” and “How’s school and what’s your favourite subject?” But I think they could put a little more thought into it. Kids understand a lot more than you think. I’m a kid, I’m opinionated and aware of the world so please, something with a bit more depth would be awesome.
Here are some tips to make you cool with kids:
1. Be GENUINE!
No kid likes a person who is not really interested. Saying “hello” to me to please my parents is not cool.
2. Ask Questions
Ask questions that you have a funny story about. For example “My least favourite teacher was… because he was so old, who is yours?” Know what kids are interested in for their age group and ask “What level are you on in ‘xyz’ game, I’m on 14!”
3. Have something to do
For example “Do you want to play on my wheelie chair?” You would be surprised at how may kids love that. Try creating a kids corner with books, toys and drawing sheets with pencils. You might just discover the next Mona Lisa.
4. Know the age groups
If you’re going to hand out stickers, make your age limit 7 and under and make sure you include a wide range. We are all different you know.
I guarantee that these tips will help attract and engage your younger customers. It’s a win win because we will like you more, you will get better at relating to us, we will appreciate you and your pay off will be less bored kids running amuck in your business. Good luck connecting with kids!
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