Archive for the ‘Professional/Business Related Skills’ Category

Dave Ramsey is an expert and just an absolute phenom in the area of personal finance. Of all the “financial gurus” out there, I think he is by far the best. In listening to his talk show one day, I remember him making this quote (or something like it):

“The only things that will cause you to change over the years are the books you read and the people you meet.”

Again that may be a slightly rough rendition of the quote but the point is this – once we get to a certain age, we are pretty much set in our ways. The only real things that have an opportunity to change us are the books that we read and the people we meet.

Especially as we bring this back to field of sports medicine, relying on the knowledge of the past will only take you so far. Reading and reading – whether it is a book, a journal article, a blog, a webinar – expanding the knowledge base is key to personal and professional growth.

To reference Dave Ramsey again, he speaks about how the average millionaire reads at least one non-fiction book a month. Expanding their knowledge base is key.

As far as they people we meet – this is paramount to our professional development as well. Whether it is working under a great physical therapist, strength coach, or head athletic trainer – these individuals can have a profound influence on people. Many of the greats in the field often talk about a mentor or people that have an continue to influence them.

So meeting people in the field and working with them is key to professional development. And the crazy thing about it – you almost have to literally go out your way to NOT meet someone in this day and age. With the advent of social media and Twitter and Facebook and blogging, the opportunity to “meet” people and interact and talk with and learn has absolutely exploded.

Let me give you an example:

Strength and Conditioning Webinars has produced oodles of outstanding webinars. After listening to some of these, I have had the opportunity to fire off some follow-up questions to the experts and they have responded to my questions.

Now this may not fit your exact definition of “meet”, but when you think about it – meeting is interacting and exchanging dialogue with others meets this criteria. So in this case, I was able to “meet” and have access and response to people I may have never been able to before.

That’s exciting and in today’s day and age, the ability to meet people (even though you may or may not ever physically meet – and who knows, it may end up resulting in a face to face) is exponentially larger than it ever has been.

It is up to each of us to take that step – read and meet. It is easier than it has ever been. Take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities that are available to you.

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learning-pic1I wanted to make you aware of a free e-mail newsletter that was first published in October and I have found of interest to me as an Athletic Trainer.  The newsletter is published by a company called Visual Health Information (VHI) and the newsletter is entitled the Evidence Based Newsletter.

This monthly newsletter addresses a new topic each month and addresses the topic from a research-based perspective. Here is a description from the company as to the purpose of the newsletter:  “Each month we will examine a different clinical question and present a review of the current literature as it relates to the use of specific exercises for that condition.”

I have found the newsletters to be interesting, thought-provoking, and valuable.  Again, the newsletter is free and if you are interested, here is the link to subscribe.

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Ron Gardenhire arguingHave you ever been in a tense situation and then later wondered if you had handled it as well as you could have? There are times when we, as Athletic Trainers, find ourselves in some tight spots and it is important to be able to effectively navigate through these situations.

Take a look at a couple of these scenarios and see if you can relate:

  • You have to tell the coach that their best player is not going to be able to return to a close game
  • You need to let your patient know that he/she is not progressing as well in their rehabilitation process as because of poor adherence to his/her home program
  • You need to have a discussion with a fellow staff member about some conflicts
  • You have to see that coach the next day after the team ended up losing the game

Not fun stuff at all. However, we have all come across those or similar situations in our Athletic Training profession. When you deal with people you have to deal with the whole package: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unfortunately the real hard part is that we may not all be gifted communicators and so therein lies the rub. A difficult situation arises and the inability to properly handle that situation can make a mountain out of a mole hill in a hurry.

So to help you tackle some of those difficult situations, here is a link to one of several free CEU courses offered on Work-Fit’s CEU page. The course is entitled How to handle emotionally charged situations in the workplace.

This course will give you some tips, tricks, and strategies to use the next time that you find your self in a sticky situation.

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