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Lucinda has worked with young people in a voluntary capacity for most of her life – from working in a secure unit for teenage girls and adventure training in Canada and the UK, to setting up the Leighton-Linslade Youth Forum and running her local youth club.
Lucinda earns her living training people in communication and motivation, including areas such as management, presentation skills, negotiation and teambuilding. After she became a stepmother and gave birth to a son, she decided it was time to explore the area of adult-child communication. As her understanding grew she began to run courses for other parents.
The next step was to think about communication between teachers and their pupils. Whilst observing lessons in schools, she noticed that some teachers responded more positively to girls than boys. This prompted her research into teaching boys and her first book Bringing the Best out in Boys – Communication Strategies for Teachers. Since then she has spent considerable time working with teachers on how to set boys up to succeed and with parents on how to bring the best out of their sons. Her second book, About Our Boys – A Practical Guide for Bringing out the Best in Boys, explores boys' needs at home and in the community.
Lucinda then focussed on how to create strong communities that support families bringing up their children and how to encourage a mutual respect between the generations. To this end she set up the Creating Safer Communities for All project, which resulted in a group of parents and teachers in Leighton Buzzard founding a voluntary youth club.
Her more recent work with offenders reinforced her belief that troubled teenagers need the wider support of their community to keep them out of trouble. Recognising that many adults find teenagers particularly difficult to deal with, she wrote a compact book for them, How to Talk to Teenagers.
'Lucinda was absolutely outstanding and I want to congratulate her on the session. Thanks for the most valuable night out I have had in years!'
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