First Step

This 19 minute video is designed for middle schools who would like to provide some fundamental Soft Skills training. The video is led by a high school student and concludes with a cool magic trick for the students.

It’s a great way to get students exposed to fundamental Soft Skills and then follow it up with our 8 module Next Step Soft Skills video program to gain a deeper insight to the Soft Skills needed to be productive in school, life and workplace.

Video Topics

– Meet and Greet
– Eye Contact
– Listening
– Punctuality
– Decision Making
– Personal Responsibility and Accountability
– Respect
– Work Ethic
– Showing Initiative
– Being Coachable

What I Wish I'd Known About High School

This short video provides insights from senior high school students about what they wish that had known prior to or just starting high school. Interviews were conducted with approximately 100 high school seniors to share what they learned through their high school experiences. The presenters are actual high school students, and the video concludes with a short magic trick for the student’s entertainment.

Etiquette Exercises

Your subscription also includes etiquette exercises we call the Employability Skills Tool Kit. These short 10 minutes exercises developed by Cindy Haygood are a great complimentary component to the Next Step Video Series.


  • Eye Contact and Handshakes – First Impressions
  • Body Language
  • Answer in Complete Sentences
  • Triple Name Game – Remembering people’s names
  • Taking a Closer Look – Beyond the First Impression
  • Tone of Voice

Endorsed by the Georgia Dept of Education

The Next Step program is part of the larger IDEALS Foundation for high school students. Due to its success and popularity, the Georgia Dept. of Education requested IDEALS to develop a proprietary soft skills program for high school students.

Are you intersested in our program? Get in touch with us today!

"What I Wish I Had Known About High School"