Episode 015 -- Recovery and FISH!

Oily fish may not sound appetizing, but research on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood reaffirms the health value of eating fish – particularly the oily kind – a couple times a week, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association.
-- American Heart Association News

This article that came out on May 17, 2018, is good news because I really like sushi. I grew up hating it, but gradually came around.

You can read the whole article here.

You can read the paper the article was based on here.

When I "graduated" from Rehab Without Walls to outpatient therapy, my PT aide and I went to lunch at Yo! Zushi in Seattle. This was a therapy goal because it meant walking more than a mile round trip. This was the longest walk I'd taken since my stroke.

The thing about recovery is that it's made up of lots of small milestones like this. Or like walking to Starbucks. Or carrying something. Or simply getting gin and out of your own wheel chair. Or putting on your socks. These things all get us closer to returning to the life we had.

This week, I also talked about the best sushi I ever had. Here are some pictures of that meal, and they don't do it justice. You can read more about that adventure on my old blog.

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Hack of the Week

Decorate your cane with stickers! If you have one of those inexpensive metal canes that seem to be standard hospital issue, go ahead and personalize it with fun stickers. It can be a fun way to brighten your day and prevent someone else from taking your cane by mistake.

If you have kids in your household you could even let them do the decoration so they have a way to participate in your recovery.

Where do we go from here?

  • What small steps have been meaningful in your recovery? Are you adding more fish to your diet? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Share this post with other stroke survivors, caregivers, industry professionals, and sushi fans.
  • If you have an Amazon Echo, give the Strokecast Skill a try. Simply say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."
  • Don't get best…get better.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 063 -- PowerPoint Online Photos and 6 Observations

2-Minute Tip: Use PowerPoint Online Photos


PowerPoint has some great tools for sourcing images online. In the version for Windows that comes as part of Office 365 (and possibly other versions), PowerPoint content layout frames include an option to insert online images. If you are working without layouts, you can reach this same function through the Insert menu.


PowerPoint Image search for fire


Once you choose that option, you will get a search box that includes categories of photos, drawings, and graphics, along with the search option.  Type your search term and PowerPoint will use either Bing Image search or OneDrive search functions to find the pictures you need. It searches for images that folks are generally allowed to use under a Creative Commons license. Simply click the image you want, and it drops right onto your slide.


Now there is no excuse not to use graphics in your slides.


Post Tip Discussion: 6 Observations From a Talk


I spoke to a stroke support group recently. I had several weeks to prepare so my discussion went through a variety of iterations. Through that process I made 6 observations.

  1. PowerPoint has good templates if you search.
  2. Iterating during the outline phase is important.
  3. Listing/Sourcing images before building slides helps.
  4. Watch out for dark graphics.
  5. Filter words vary by context.
  6. You don't know what you have until the audience hears it.

Call To Action


  • Share your observations on these observations in the comments below.
  • Are there topics you would like to hear more about? Email Bill@2minutetalktips.com
  • Have you check out the Alexa skill? Go up to your (or someone else's (I'm not picky)) Echo device and say, "Alexa, enable 2-Minute Talk Tips."
  • Don't get best...get better.

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Episode 014 -- Meet Anne Dailey

Produced in Washington, DC, A Teachable Moment focuses on four local survivors that represent the greater story of stroke in the United States. LAI Video also speaks with loved ones and medical experts to clearly describe the disease, its debilitating impact and the tangible steps anyone can take to reduce the risk of a stroke. The documentary uses contemporary animation to better illustrate the science behind stroke, available treatments and preventable risk factors.

I first heard about "A Teachable Moment" through an article on StrokeSmart.org.   This is a film about four DC-are stroke survivors and their experiences as the go through this life changing event.

The film premiered in Washington, DC, on May 17, and is available to groups interested in hosting a private screening.

Here is the trailer:



Anne Dailey is one of the survivors and she talks about her journey this week.

  • Some key things really stood out for me:
  • Getting help fast was critical to Anne's recovery.
  • Anne had personal and specific goals that helped in her recovery.
  • Her employer, Troutman Sanders, provided amazing support.
  • Lawyers Have Heart sounds like a great organization.
  • Anne's sense of humor probably helped her quite a bit.

Lawyers Have Heart is a 10K race, 5K run and fun walk that takes place on June 9, 2018, in Georgetown. The fundraiser is affiliated with the DC-area chapter of the American Heart Association.

Anne offered 3 critical pieces of advice as we wrapped up:

  1. Lead a healthy lifestyle.
  2. When stroke happens, get help quickly.
  3. Surround yourself with great people.

Here are the various links we talked about:

Hack of the Week

If you have medical gear that you're supposed to clean with rubbing alcohol, get a spray bottle for it.

Pouring from the bottle is tough enough with two hands. With one, the spill risk goes up dramatically. A spray bottle (affiliate link) helps prevent unfortunate spills. Just make sure you label the bottle.


Where do we go from here?

  • Check out the website for A Teachable Moment.
  • What are your thoughts on Anne's story? Share them below.
  • Have you tried the Strokecast Alexa skill? If you have an Echo device, go up to it and say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."
  • Don't get best...get better.



Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 062 -- Tell A Story to Add Value and Meet Iszi Lawrence


2-Minute Tip: Tell a Story to Add Value


When presenting, we are often selling something. It may be a product, a service, or an idea. To be effective, though, don't just go through a barrage of features or details. It's the story that you can connect with your topic that gives it value. It's the story you tell that your audience will respond to and remember.


It's the story you tell that makes your subject rise above the fray.



Post Tip Discussion: Meet Iszi Lawrence

The human brain is designed to listen to voices and designed to understand stories.

-- Iszi Lawrence


Iszi Lawrence is a British comedian, podcaster, presenter, radio personality, and public speaking coach. She has more than a decade of experience talking in places from nightclubs to boardroom to the Oxford Union to the Tedx stage in Southhampton. You can learn more about Iszi by visiting Iszi.com.


Iszi Lawrence headshot


I met Iszi through a Facebook discussion group. We had a wide ranging conversation about the comedy and speaking scenes in the UK, the value of human conversation, the differences in how aspiring male and female students tend to approach speaking, and the importance of acknowledging awkwardness.


Iszi answers the question few speakers ask: What do you do when Sir Ben Kingsley eats into your time?


We talked about a variety of websites and projects. You can find many of those links here:


Iszi Lawrence Home Page https://iszi.com/
Iszi Lawrence Public Speaking Newsletter https://iszi.com/newsletterpage
Iszi Lawrence on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iszi.lawrence
Iszi Lawrence on Twitter https://twitter.com/iszi_lawrence
Iszi Lawrence on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/iszitube/
Iszi Lawrence on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iszi_lawrence/
Setisoppo Podcast http://www.setisoppo.com/
British Museum Membercast https://blog.britishmuseum.org/category/podcasts/
The Z List Dead List http://zlistdeadlist.libsyn.com/
British Science Festival https://www.britishsciencefestival.org/
Ugly Animal Preservation Society http://uglyanimalsoc.com/
Bright Club http://brightclub.org/


Call To Action:


  • Check out Iszi.com to learn more about Iszi and her projects.
  • What are your thoughts about Iszi's comments and lessons? Share them in the comments below.
  • If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, colleague, or stranger.
  • Don't get best…get better

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Episode 013 -- Learned Nonuse and a Tie

Video Project

I'm thrilled to announce a video project I've been part of now airs on local TV in Seattle. The Medical Minute is a partnership between King 5 and Swedish Medical Center highlighting the working relationship between care providers and patients at Swedish. I got to share the screen with the always awesome Olivia.  Check it out below.


Learned Nonuse

Neurons that fire together, wire together.

-- Dr. Norman Doidge (and, apparently, several others)

In a few weeks I have one of those rare Seattle events where a tie will be appropriate. So now I need to figure out how to do that. Do I get a clip on, or do I try to learn to tie one-handed?  Clip on seems easy and temporary. One-handed tying would become a lifelong skill and permanent. Do I really want a lifelong solution here? Isn't that just conceding that I won't get my left hand back? I'm not prepared to make that concession.

The brain functions like a network of dirt roads. The ruts in the road make it simple for instructions to flow in a simple path. The stroke wiped out those ruts and roads and it's time to rebuild them. 

This thought process eventually led to a discussion of Shoulder Subluxation and  the work of Edward Taub and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and the nature of rote learning.

Ultimately I decided to get the clip on tie. I think.

Hack of the Week

Putting on a belt with hemiparesis can be tough. It requires reaching around your body, past your weak arm, without losing your balance.

The solution is to thread your bel through your belt loops before putting on your pants.

This makes it much less likely that you'll fall over.

Where do we go from here?

  • What are your thoughts and experiences with adaptive equipment and learned nonuse? Let us know in the comments here.
  • If you have an Amazon Echo device (affiliate link), please enable the Strokecast skill. Go up to it and say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."
  • Don't get best...get better.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast