Want to get through your day with the least amount of brain damage while becoming much more effective, efficient, accepted, and understood?
Try this for a while…
Don’t volunteer information, don’t correct, and don’t comment unless you are blatantly asked a question.
“But Ben, when a patient comes to me,
don’t they want to know what’s going on with them?”
Not as much as you wanting to feel like an authority.
They want to get out of pain. That’s what they want.
If they ask a question, answer it.
Just try it.
Watch how better things go for you.
Another thing that you will find is that patients will talk more, which will include asking questions.
It’s far better for you to know what they want, what they are concerned about, and what they are thinking than the other way around.
Have you ever been around someone who talks to much or continuously chimes in?
You lose your train of thought.
You become disinterested.
You shut down.
In the “should be world”, patients learn as much as they can from you.
But in the “real world”, it’s not what motivates them.
Pain motivates them.
Pain motivates you.
You’ll be rewarded.