4 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re So Busy!

4 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re So Busy!

One of my pet peeves is people who are always talking about how busy they are. We live in a fast paced world and are all juggling multiple balls. Saying you are busy puts up barriers. Let’s find a way to change the conversation to remove these barriers.

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The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness

While it may be a release to scream and shout, it’s the quickest way to shut down a conversation. By practicing kindness you can break down barriers, build relationships and get the results you need. Learn how to practice kindness when advocating for yourself or loved ones.

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Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Time to go Beyond Token Patient Engagement

Being a patient volunteer can be rewarding, but it can also be extremely frustrating. Especially when you feel you are filling a token seat versus being an equal partner. It’s time to go beyond token patient engagement and look at patient volunteers as valued and equal partners in transforming healthcare.

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Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

Why Being an Empath is Exhausting (and Rewarding)

It has taken me years to learn I’m an empath, and that my response to human interactions is completely normal. This new knowledge has helped me in my advocacy work. But I’ve also had to learn how not to take on the emotions of those I’m helping.

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Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

Share Your Advocacy Skills to Help Others

There are many times when we can share our patient advocacy skills to help others navigate a difficult journey. By listening, helping people formulate their thoughts and being there as a sounding board, it can be the difference between struggling and feeling supported.

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Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

Should Patient Volunteers Get Paid?

There is much debate online about whether or not patient should receive financial compensation for volunteering. Particularly when it comes to speaking at conferences or sitting on a healthcare committee, where everyone else in the room is being paid to attend. It’s about valuing and respecting patient voices, and the time they give (preparing, travelling, meeting).

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Warning: Working on Your Weaknesses Can Sink Your Career

Warning: Working on Your Weaknesses Can Sink Your Career

While I usually write about patient advocacy, bear with me as this blog post is aimed at helping you grow professionally and personally. And by focusing on our strengths we can be stronger advocates or healthcare professionals.

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The Power of Thank You Notes

The Power of Thank You Notes

In a world of electronic communications, we rarely receive handwritten notes or letters. Yet there is great power in not only taking the time to send a personal note, but also letting the recipient know how grateful you are for the support or service they have provided. And guess what? You’ll feel good in the process.

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