Monday, August 23, 2010

Things I learn

For dietitians, knowledge is undoubtedly important. In fact, you would achieve as much as a frog in a sock without knowledge. But if information is the piece of machinery, then communication and relationship building are the batteries. Being unable to teach, communicate or verbalise what you know is about as useful as having a bird without wings. I don't know about you, but I'd consider a bird without flight, a bit of a bird-failure. And a dietician without communication skills, would probably hang out at all the same parties. 

Here is a quote by someone famous, which I may or may not have stolen from (Hint: I did).

'The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people' - Theodore ROOSEVELT

Of all people to trust, I thought roosevelt was a pretty solid option to go with.  If you're going to listen to anyone, listen to someone who inspired Dale Carnegie, author of the American classic How to Win Friends And Influence People. Both men advocated the need for great interpersonal skills. Both played by the same key principles. And that is; give honest and sincere appreciation, be genuinely interested in other people, smile and be a good listener. 

Its believed that being a good dietician involves knowing how to help people. Being a great (NAH, brilliant) dietician is about more than just wanting to effect change. 

Communicate the information in an easy to understand AND you genuinely care. And if you can handle that, then forgot AA Batteries. Success will put you on the door list AND want to hang out. You're in. 

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