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Sit them down... then LISTEN

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I'm going to admit to a lack of originality here.  The heart of this suggestion is stolen from one of my favored texts on working with human beings (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey).  One of his habits is "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."  There are so many reasons and examples I've experienced in my personal life why I have found this to be such a powerful habit.  The reason it's so important in coaching is you are trying to get a group of young people to listen to you and soak in what you are saying and believe it in a way you might not even expect from your own children.  (Remember, you are likely doing this at a time when every instinct in their bodies is telling them to forge their own way and test their boundaries.)
Question: How do you form this trusting relationship in a short period of time?
Answer: Find a way to show that your objectives are aligned, you are willing to listen, and you are on THEIR team.
Hint:  Don&…