You meet with a new client, and he asks you to show him how you track your client work online. He works in web development, and he’s curious about how such an application works.
So why not? Knowing you can protect your clients’ identities… it’s a bonding opportunity!
Of course, the application, since it’s located in the cloud* comes right up on your tablet. But – frustratingly! – you don’t remember your password and you can’t log in. You try a few times. You get locked out. You have to apologize. You’re a little embarrassed.
(And he wonders silently what would happen if you couldn’t log in during an appointment when you needed access? Is he making the right choice?)
Ouch. Not a good situation.
Have you ever noticed the initials after someone’s name?
Jane Smith, PhD
John Smith, BSRN, CCM
Jeremiah Smith, BCPA
Jenny Smith, MD, FACS
… or hundreds of others!
What do those initials tell you? They actually tell you much more than you might think.
I’m sure it seems as impossible to you as it does to me that we are almost into 2020. It’s seems like “Y2K” was just a blink of an eye ago – and here we are two decades later.
Many of us are thinking about how we’ll live our lives differently in 2020 than we have in years prior. So I thought I’d share with you some of the best advice I have received in years – something I’ve worked hard to implement, and have found that it has totally paid off. I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.
Years ago I was invited to present a talk on Patient-Doctor Communications to a group of specialists. I was just one speaker during a many-day conference for thousands of doctors who had come in from all over the world.
Imagine my surprise when I was assigned to a large room, set up for 300 or more attendees. And imagine my even bigger surprise when it was standing room only! What on earth? Me? Why would so many people care what I had to say?*
The even bigger surprise came about as I began speaking. I was setting the stage for them to walk into the exam room where the patient was waiting, with two pieces of advice: First, that they check that their nametags were turned out so the patient could read them (because, you know how often then are turned backwards and can’t be read?) And second, that they NOT be reading a chart or paperwork as they walk into the room. Instead they should look their patient in the eye, then introduce themselves, “Hello. I’m Dr. So-and-So,” then wait for a moment while the patient replied with her or his name.
The surprise? That, immediately, half the attendees wrote that down! I watched them as their heads bowed to their notes and their pens began in earnest to record my words. I was floored.
As someone who was raised on the importance of spelling, the fact that correct spelling seems to have gone the way of the dinosaurs is a frustration!
- We work in a world of medical words which can challenge the ability to spell.
- Everyone is in a hurry, so rarely do people spell check their own writing. (And yes, I’m as guilty of that as anyone.)
- Device text – meaning tiny keyboards and/or autocorrect – makes some communications impossible to decipher because spelling is either incorrect, or corrected to the wrong word.*
- Acronyms are a problem, too – further exacerbated by autocorrect of acronyms.
What a mess. However!
While the writer and speller in me is appalled, the web developer in me says “Hey! Let’s use this information to our benefit!”
So today’s tip will show you how to do that.