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Nurses! Get Inspired & Connected on Planet Improv

Posted by capcityspeakers on December 22, 2016

by Beth Boynton, RN, MS

Things are cooking in the Medical Improv world.  Recent workshops at Rutgers Medical School and Bay State College and the first train-the-trainer book,  Medical Improv:  A New Way to Improve Communication Skills & 15 Activities You Can Teach STATis scheduled to be published early in 2017.

If you’d like spice up your holiday party,  try this super fun activity with your team described on Medline post: De-Stress and Improve Communication with Medical Improv!

Also, I’m VERY happy to announce five Medical Improv programs through Capitol City Speakers Bureau!  This one was designed for “Nurses’ Week, but if your team needs a boost sooner, please contact Capitol City at 1-800-397-3193.

Get Inspired and Connected on Planet Improv!

An Out of this untitled-design-40World Experience for Nurses Only! It is no secret that nurses face relentless high-stakes high-stress work with little time to come together for pure fun. On Planet Improv, nurse colleagues are guaranteed to have a great time together while building positive relationships. Join Medical Improv Practitioner Beth Boynton, RN, MS as she facilitates a variety of easy-to-do and playful activities that will leave nurses feeling engaged, connected, and inspired about their work. Whether staff actively participate or watch, this interactive workshop is always a one-of-a-kind and memorable experience!

(P.S. If you want to offer a similar workshop for ALL healthcare professionals I’m pretty sure Capitol City Speakers Bureau will be happy to help and so will I!)

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The Masterpiece Of A Moment

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 23, 2016

by Kathy Brown

We need to live One day at a time and make it a masterpiece. If you never want to be lonely, build bridges instead of walls. Being lonely takes its toll on your overall health both mentally and physically. Relationships help us multiply our joys and cut our sorrows in half when shared.

Our moments are all we have as we are not promised a tomorrow. Live fully in each moment making something better because you were fully present “in it.” Nobody can help everybody but everybody can help somebody.

Remember that great people are ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of commitment. They persevere when times get tough. Difficulties come not to obstruct but to instruct. Learn the lesson and move on.

Friends are God’s way of taking care of us. Nurture your relationships with those people who encourage, uplift, and inspire you to reach your full potential! Your moments become memories which can last a lifetime and then live on in those left to enjoy them.

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Measuring Success: Significance or Just Staying Busy?

Posted by capcityspeakers on October 6, 2016

By Ron Culberson

Recently, I spoke at a conference in Indiana. I spent the morning with four hundred attendees and then closed their event with a keynote address. Afterwards, I worked on a writing project at Starbucks. Later, I ate dinner at a local restaurant and then returned to my hotel room where I watched an episode of Boardwalk Empire. I went to bed around 9:00 p.m. which, by the way, is not my typical-old-man bedtime but rather my way of avoiding travel fatigue.

This was a common day for me. And even though it was quite full, there was this nagging voice in my head that said, “You should have done something more significant.”

Do you ever experience this? Do you ever feel like you should have accomplished something more important during your day? Does sitting on the porch or watching an episode of House Hunters feel like you’re not making the most of your time?

This frequently happens to me. For some reason, my Success Meter is not calibrated properly. When I get to the end of my day, I often feel that I have not achieved success unless I accomplished something tangible like writing a new piece of material, booking a presentation, or finding a cure for ebola. I watch other people who appear really busy and seem to be accomplishing many things throughout their day and I don’t feel that I measure up. In fact, when I catch myself staring out the window at a stink bug trying to get in through the screen, I realize that I must be quite a slacker.

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You Can Ring My Bell…Or Not

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 8, 2016

by Christine Cashen

ring-my-bell

A Kroger  opened in our neighborhood. You’ve gotta love that new store smell and the fresh and perky employee attitudes. This store is awesome! It has a Sushi Bar, a Starbucks and, the Express Lanes have a sign that states, “About 15 items.” Sweet! The pressure is off.

As usual, we are out of milk, cereal and dog food. I’m on a fast grocery run between kid pick-up and 17 other errands. I approach the checkout and see that you can ring a bell for exceptional service. When you “ding,” everyone yells, “WOOOOO!” I don’t know why this cracks me up, but it does. So I have been experimenting. If I ring the bell the moment I arrive at the cashier, does that ensure better service? If I don’t ring the bell, do the checker and bagger feel disappointed? Do I get to yell, “WOOOOO!” or is it just for employees?

After many failed attempts at gathering any true intel, I decided to ask. Except, I may have asked the wrong cashier.

“Excuse me, do you get happy when people ring the bell?”

“Not really.”

“Really?!?”

“Well, I only like it when a manager is around to hear it. Mostly, it’s just annoying.”

This was a totally unexpected answer. Seriously? Doesn’t everyone want their bell rung? (That doesn’t sound right — but stick with the story). Doesn’t everyone want to provide great service, whether a manager is around or not? If great service happens and a manager isn’t around to witness it, did it actually take place?

As a frequent bell ringer, I walked to my car downtrodden. It’s like finding out there is no Easter Bunny or the real age of Mick Jagger. Sitting in the car, I thought about what just happened and there are some great lessons here:

  • What you think motivates your employees, kids, bosses, partners… may not be what actually motivates them.
  • Hire, surround yourself and make friends with people who want the bell ringing.
  • Check your own “WOOOOO!” Are you doing things that motivate others to want to ring your bell? Great service, attitude, professionalism?
  • Are you ringing others’ bells regardless of who is or is not watching?

SO… Will I still ring the bell? Absolutely! If I truly get good service, the world should know! In this crazy life, there’s still nothing like giving and getting a real, “WOOOOO!”

Go forth today, “WOOOOO” and be “WOOOOOed.” Now more than ever we need more cheerleaders, fewer critics and better customer service.

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The Healthy Humorist® Weighs In On Healthy Eating

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 1, 2016

by Brad Nieder, MD–The Healthy Humorist®

Chicago+Pizza

I know!  I know!  I seem like a hypocrite.  I call myself The Healthy Humorist®, yet whenever I write about diet and nutrition, I appear to be decidedly unhealthy.  Cheesesteaks in Philly.  Pizza in Chicago.  Barbecue in … well, wherever it’s nearby!  (See The Healthy Humorist®’s Unhealthy Eating Adventure Across America (#THHUEAAA).)

But that’s me on the road.  I splurge.  Most of the time, though, I try to eat healthy.  And I encourage others to do the same, offering nutrition advice whenever I have an audience.  With so many diet plans (sorry, “lifestyle choices”) out there, I know how confusing the issue can be.

Caveman+with+Food+TrayAt the moment, many of my friends swear by the Paleo diet.  They tell me that our caveman ancestors in the Paleolithic era did not develop heart disease or cancer despite eating a lot of animal protein and very few carbohydrates.  But what they don’t point out is that those same caveman ancestors didn’t live long enough to develop such diseases, as they all died in their mid-twenties via dinosaur trampling.

Anyway, if you’re trying to lose weight, here’s the plan I recommend:

  1. Eat whatever you want.
  2. Eat as much as you want.
  3. Don’t exercise at all.
  4. Drink eight glasses of water a day … from Guadalajara, Mexico.

You’ll quickly lose a lot of weight (and your appetite!)  And you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment (and a bottle of Imodium!)

Ha!  I am kidding of course.  The truth is I keep my nutrition advice very simple.  First, choose healthy foods. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ten Toxic Words: words we wish Webster would withdraw

Posted by capcityspeakers on August 25, 2016

by Bobbe White

Start with the worst first, shall we? Pretend these words are dysfunctional family members or friends in your home for dinner, seated around the table to upset our calm and confidence.

#1 Should is a dumb word. As in, “You should go visit your mother.” It’s worse when, ‘really’ is used too, “You REALLY should go visit your mother.” Stop it.
#2 Have has to go. Period. We’re told, “You have to do this; have to do that.” Our inner brat cranks up to retort, “I don’t HAVE to do anything.” And I don’t and won’t. Have is not welcome here. If you’re in customer service, the same goes for what you tell a customer he or she has to do.
#3 Should have Who invited this couple? My favorite, “I should’ve gone to the funeral visitation.” For some reason, you didn’t go. Not to be irreverent, but visitations are one-and-done; no do-overs. Stop beating yourself up when nothing can take you back in time. I’m curious, are the bereaved cognizant of your absence during visitation? Surely, not. (However, I do know people with a mental scorecard, doing their ‘check-off’. Another one is, “You should’ve come with us to the concert! Nice, huh? Stab my heart again.
# 4 Don’t. We’ve heard, “don’t” since we donned diapers: “Don’t do this! Don’t do that,” and the combo, “Don’t EVER do that again.” Excuse me, is that a threat? Don’t EVER tell me “don’t” again. I’m 60, not 6.
#5 Ought is Should’s kissin’ cousin. The word looks like it’s missing letters. Like bad teeth on Cousin Eddie. When you think, “I ought to do….”, don’t ought to do it, DO IT, if you can’t stop thinking about it.
#6 Didn’t you realize…? When something goes wrong, we’re asked if we realized such and such would happen, it prompts this reply, “Hey, if I’d realized it beforehand, would I have done it?” We feel bad enough. Stop pouring salt in that wound. Unless of course, if you did realize a possible outcome, and did it on purpose, you may be passive aggressive. And that is another blog post.
# 7 & #8 Wouldn’t /Couldn’t Another unwelcome table guest, which should be banned from our conversations. “Couldn’t you help me, just this once?” Move on, Martyr. Or, “Wouldn’t it make more sense to do it this way?” Yes, it might. Sounds better when phrased, “Let’s try it this way.”
#9 Absolutes. This is the “3 for 1” toxic offer. Never, Always & Ever, because nothing ever is always one way. Never, ever, ever. Lose these three.
#10 Guilt is not a toxic word, but is the babe and by-product of the above nine dinner guests. Guilt’s the guest who is a travel agent. She’s a frequent flier, inflicting guilt at every chance. If someone at your proverbial dinner table acts like a travel agent, sending you on guilt trip after guilt trip, send her packing!

Thanks to these ten toxic words, we question our decisions, actions and ideas, many of which were made with our best intentions, only to be undone by someone who thinks he or she knows better. No thanks. These words are harmful enough when said to us by others. They’re even more toxic when said in our heads. Confidence is making decisions and feeling good about them. If we let others knock us down with words, or insinuation, our confidence is destroyed. Does it make sense how words can be a lot like toxic friends or family members? Don’t tear yourself -or others-down with words.

Wouldn’t it be fun at future friends/family dinners, if the dog sitting under the table at our feet, could bite the ankles of people who make others feel crummy with toxic words? Grrrrrrrrrrrr! I love the idea.

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Changing Your Mental Channel

Posted by capcityspeakers on June 15, 2016

by Kathleen Passanisi

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.-Alfred Hitchcock

It’s been called the “idiot box.” It’s been called “the greatest single invention of the 20th century.” Either way, to say that television is a huge part of daily American life is to state the overwhelmingly obvious. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV.” The effects of sleep on mind and body have been well documented. But what comes of all this “tube time?”

How does television affect the mind? In order to understand how television effects our health, we must first understand how it affects the mind. Several studies have shown that the longer one watches television, the easier it is for their mind to slip into “Alpha state.” Here, the brain’s waves are slow and steady. This hypnotic trace-like state is the brain’s most receptive mode. Images and suggestions have maximum impact in this mode. Why else would advertisers spend up to one billion dollars per year on television advertising? But what about what’s between the commercials?

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The Tug of Time

Posted by capcityspeakers on June 2, 2016

by Kathy Brown

Have you felt the tug of “too much to do in too little time” in too many areas of your life?

Temporary is the new “normal” so change is constant. That can be very wearing on our stressed out coping skills as we constantly adjust our lives to fit the variety of needs of our family and work place. Did lack of sleep and time to eat, much less cook something nutritious, get mentioned yet? Throw a pet into the mix just to keep things interesting. Let’s not forget our aging parents who may live near enough to be of some help OR need help themselves. How’s all that working for you so far?

Goal setting should be a lifestyle or it can simply be a tool to ensure progress. We need to constantly learn more efficient ways to work smarter not harder as our areas of responsibility increase . Collaboration of our time and resources both personally and professionally can set a positive emotional environment where we help one another achieve a greater balance while keeping each other accountable! Your joys get multiplied and your challenges get cut in half when you share your needs and goals with others who will support and encourage you.

Laughter ignites a healing balm of happy that soothes our soul and lubricates our lungs. It is both contagious and addicting. Smiles can infect others who willingly join your group of family members and friends who can then start an epidemic of joy. This will stamp out “hurry sickness” which thrives in the petrie dish of doing too much. Start managing and investing your time and energy into things that have the most significance to you. Take a humor break. Leave a legacy of love and laughter. Just be yourself. Everyone else is taken. :-)

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My Mind Helps Me Sleep

Posted by capcityspeakers on May 5, 2016

by Ron Culberson

3-AM clock

It’s common for my wife to wake up around 3:00 a.m. and have a hard time getting back to sleep. This is not due to my snoring. While I may snore occasionally, I don’t snore that much or that loudly. And I’m not hanging all over her in some sort of romantic dream state. Usually, she can’t sleep because her mind wakes up at 3:00 a.m. and wants to play. This is an experience many people have.

I, on the other hand, have no trouble sleeping. I snooze on planes, trains, and automobiles, as well as in just about every recliner I’ve ever sat. My sleep tendencies are why I don’t like going to the movies. The soft reclining chairs and darkened room work like warm milk on me. And there is nothing worse than paying $12 for a movie ticket and then on the way home having to ask my wife what happened after the opening credits. So, needless to say, when I wake up at 3:00 a.m., I don’t typically have trouble getting back to sleep. And yet, my mind is just as active as my wife’s.

There is a lot of research being conducted to understand how our brains work. But what’s most important is figuring out how our particular brains work. We’re all different. And what I learned early in life is that I’m much better at using my imagination than I am at calming my mind. But either way, I don’t let it run wild.

I’ll show you what I mean.

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Procrastinate Later

Posted by capcityspeakers on April 7, 2016

by Christine Cashen

MessyOffice

As I look around my office, I see the land of unfinished projects: kid’s artwork meant for scrapbooks, client files stationed on my desk to remind me to send a special thank you note, info from conferences waiting for action, and randomness that needs to be filed (but should be tossed instead).

Do you live on SOMEDAY ISLE too? Someday I’ll have time to make those special memory books. Someday I’ll purge the paper that I don’t need. Someday I’ll tackle my “that would be nice to do” list. Of course, all of this hinges on the dreaded phrase, “When I have time!”

Suddenly it hit me — I’m waiting for time that really doesn’t exist. Phantom Time. That is, time that will always be replaced with more important tasks. Always.

However, it is not a lost cause. We can do some things to jump-start into action:

GET THE URGE TO PURGE

Learn to let go. Take one drawer, one kitchen cabinet or one office cubby that makes you crazy. Set a timer for 20 minutes and go to town. Be tough on yourself. Do you really need this? If you haven’t touched an item recently, maybe it isn’t that important. It’s like when you get ready to move, and you realize that you haven’t unpacked boxes from your previous move. Years have passed and obviously you haven’t missed the contents. Sell, recycle, donate — it feels great!

YOU’VE GOT TO MOVE IT MOVE IT

Remember the line from the kids movie, Madagascar? You really do have to move it! Don’t just shuffle things from one side of your desk to the other. Get rid of clutter piles. Take action. Do it. Delegate it. Or dump it.

TAKE A PICTURE — IT WILL LAST LONGER

Who says you have to keep every art project your kids create? Take pictures and put them in a photo book from Shutterfly. What will your kids do with a box of their handprints and macaroni sculptures when they are adults? A book takes up less space, collects less dust, and is far easier to enjoy.

GO SET READY

Okay, make the decision to go and do it. Set a time and space. Get ready to release yourself from the guilt. Escape from SOMEDAY ISLE. Don’t procrastinate today–do that later. Give yourself a break, and beware of phantom time. The time is now. Let’s go!

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