I have to tell you about my worst experience during PT school. Years have passed, but I still cringe when I think about it today.
My school had a group poster presentation where students and faculty would rotate throughout the room and we would share our research. I wasn’t nervous about presenting. I prepped some, but while other classmates practiced and practiced, I felt confident in my ability.
That is until the first group of students and professors rotated to our poster. It was my turn to speak and NOTHING was happening. I was frozen. I didn’t know what to say, and I stared as everyone uncomfortably waited for me to speak. Finally, I did. Only it wasn’t my voice. It was high-pitched and cracking. It was terrible. I’d NEVER had trouble with public speaking, but there I was unable to recall anything about the research I worked on all semester.
I hated that moment and I still hate thinking about it. Yet, every time I have to give a presentation or a lecture...
How do you find your area of passion and expertise in physical therapy? When you're a new PT or trying to find your place, is there anything that can help you figure it out?
Most months our Rebel Elite Community reads a book together. While you have to take the Rebel PT Roadmap course to gain access to our monthly mentorship with the group, we thought you still might want to be included in the great books we read. This month is Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew!
We can't wait to discuss the applications to team building and patient care. If you have any insights, feel free to share them with us!
What if the problem isn't physical therapy? When work is lousy, or your job is stressful, it is only natural to conclude that it is bad everywhere. You talk to colleagues and it seems like no one is any better off than you. And so you start wondering if maybe you need to get out of physical therapy completely.
Should you ask about money during an interview? If so, when? How? Money isn't everything, but it is something. Knowing how to approach the topic will prepare you to be able to negotiate for what you deserve.
Getting stuck in your PT career is common, but it doesn't mean that you can't do anything about it. We get so used to hearing about the bad things about PT that we stop seeing the possibilities. If you are stuck, it's not hopeless. The possibilities are there.
We all want to find a company with a great culture. And every company will say during an interview that they have one. But, how do we truly find out?
I haven’t wanted to write lately. It is frustrating, and I’ve found myself constantly saying, “I should just write.” I’ve said it hundreds of times in the last few months with very little to show for it.
Not wanting to write is a weird feeling because I’ve never had to force myself to write. Most of the time, writing was what I used to procrastinate doing other things.
I don’t think I’m alone in having difficulty motivating myself to do things lately (even things I genuinely enjoy). I don’t know if we blame the pandemic, if we blame the constant change, or if we blame the stress of it all. But I think I received some excellent advice the other day.
Someone told me to stop thinking about why I was having difficulty motivating myself, stop trying to figure out what is to blame, and stop beating myself up over it.
The solution is simple...
For all the things you say, “I should X” or “I should Y,” make them...