Human Relationships Highlighted at MAY | New

(Shenandoah) – Human connections matter – that’s the message from one of the nation’s leading motivational speakers in Shenandoah Wednesday night.

Joe Beckman was the keynote speaker at MAY’s Community Mentorship and Workforce Development Dinner at the Elm Street Grill. Based in his native Minnesota, Beckman has traveled to schools and communities across the country, covering topics including self-esteem, resilience, confidence, joy, and human connectedness. Beckman tells KMA News that human connections are key to any relationship, especially those involved in mentoring children.

“If I’m going to listen to you and you’re going to lead, I have to build trust,” Beckman said, “or I’ll need to have trust with the person leading me. And the trust we build is based on the relationships we establish. And, those little things like giving a child a nickname, and being faithful and showing up where you said you were going to show up – all those little things matter.

Beckman says disconnections are piling up in today’s society – with social media as the main culprit.

“I’m an 80s kid – we never grew up on social media,” he said. “We never grew up with cell phones. I had a Nintendo, which had two buttons and a D-pad. Pretty easy to navigate. Everything now in our time seems to need a NASA certification to use it.

Beckman says the amount of screen time kids spend is causing stress for parents.

“I think there’s a huge disconnect between how exactly I enter that space as a parent when I don’t know anything about it,” Beckman said. “But at the same time, there’s this kind of tug in our hearts that knows if we just put an 8-year-old in front of an iPad for eight hours a day, that’s not right either.”

In addition to his MAY Mentoring presentation, Beckman also speaks to Shenandoah students on Thursday. Earlier this week, Beckman spoke in the Southwest Valley and Clarinda school districts. A similar visit is scheduled for Creston on Friday.

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