I’m preparing for two upcoming conferences where I will be presenting.  The first is a conference for Christian midwives where I will be providing a clinical update on menopause.  The second is a conference for nurse midwives where I will present a poster of my original research. As I finalize my work for these two events, I can’t help but notice the similarities between educating my clients, and educating my peers. You see, the natural instinct is to basically vomit out all the information you have.  Everything you’ve ever read or heard is weighted equally without any regard to who the audience is.  This tends to beRead More →

You would think that this in-between time, without a formal paying job and no school, would be super productive.  You would think. I am happy to say that my license is in process with the state, which means I am at least moving forward on one to do item. And I am also happy to say that I am nearly through with one whole section of the website for updates.  Yes, updates.  And it is a big one with new navigation schemes and total facelift.  I cannot believe I have been working on this for three months already and only have one section *almost* done.Read More →

I am in the process of reviewing for my certification exam – the test that will prove I can be trusted by the community to be safe and competent as I work with families to maintain their optimal health.  This is such an interesting experience for me as I realize how much I have learned in the past two and a half years, and continue to realize how much more I have to learn.  This has also caused me to reflect on my clinical experiences and the things I have learned about being a good health care provider. I find myself continually pausing at theRead More →

This will be the last in our series on attending midwifery conferences.  Today I want to share my to-do list for conferences – the things I do before and during the conference to make sure I am ready. 1.  Know the dates and plan to spend as much time as possible I find it works best to accept that the time allotted for a conference is conference time.  This means I don’t try to sneak in on the last possible flight and miss the last few sessions to get out early.  Sometimes this is unavoidable, but the opportunities at a conference make every minute I spend there valuable. PlanRead More →

Remember I told you there were a few things that were not on the list of networking basics.  Here they are, and the reasons why I don’t consider them necessary. Adding everyone you meet to Facebook (or other social marketing tool) As I’ve said, I’m more of an introvert to begin with.  But even if I was not, adding potential business contacts I just met to my personal Facebook account is a bad idea.  In the first place, Facebook isn’t a very good contact storage solution.  Finding people again in a year or two might be difficult if you can not remember the exact name and needRead More →

I will be the first to admit that outgoing and extrovert are not words anyone might use to describe me.  Even so, there are times when I need to find the energy to connect with more people, have more conversations and invite strangers to lunch.  Midwifery Conferences are one of those times. It isn’t that I think this is the time to make friends.  In fact, sort of the opposite.  This is the time to network.  I don’t know how you define networking, but I think of it as building a web of information.  I find out who is doing what and when, keep trackRead More →

I have a couple conferences come up in the next few months.  It made me think about how nervous I was about attending my first conference.  I was not sure what to expect, or how to make the best use of the time. I understood the value of the sessions.  I was eager to learn.  At that point, I underestimated the rest of the value of a conference. As I progressed in my knowledge, the value of the sessions decreased.  If I hadn’t had other reasons for attending conferences, I might have stopped.  It would have been a mistake, because conferences have value above andRead More →