You may have unintentionally established a pattern of saying things you didn’t really mean, or making promises you didn’t keep, or threatening consequences that never came to pass.
It is not always about having the right words to say, but asking the right questions and giving the space to answer with vulnerability.
There are folks who make the rounds, getting the same advice over and over, and never putting it into action.
We need the knowledge and skill to evaluate claims of effectiveness as medical treatments– for instance, to determine whether the research that supports that claim is solid, or if it’s unreliable.
It’s often true that the folks who are technically most misinformed on an issue have the greatest degree of confidence in the rightness of their beliefs.
Kids in the audience already know someone who uses drugs without appearing to suffer much from it. Assertions to the contrary by some stranger are automatically dismissed.
The telephone represents a sort of middle ground. You may not be able to see one another, but both parties will pick up on verbal nuances– often subconsciously.