2018-08-17

Episode 027 -- Meet Neurologist Dr. Nirav H Shah


 

Shortly after I started this show I began asking folks at Swedish about who I should speak with about this project. I got really lucky, and the team there connected me with Dr. Nirav H Shah. He's involved with research, clinical patient care, and development of new technologies.

 

What's really awesome is how his face lights up when he talks not only about his work, but the work other researchers are doing in this field to improve the quality of life of stroke survivors and to reduce the amount of strokes to begin with.

 

Bio

Dr. Nirav H Shah HeadshotDr Nirav H Shah a fellowship trained neurologist and sub-specialist in cerebrovascular and stroke medicine with board certifications in t: neurology, stroke medicine, carotid neurosonology, transcranial doppler ultrasound, and neuroimaging.

He is a practicing neurohospitalist and stroke medical director at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Academically, he is interested in emergent and critical care neurology research and is an associate editor for The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal. H enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating on publications and conference presentations.

Outside of clinical care Dr Shah is collaborating with experts to develop scalable technologies capable of ameliorating healthcare’s challenges. He consults with startups and investors to develop technologies and devices so that one day they are available to his patients. He has worked with companies to meet FDA regulations for approval as well as to help them understand the provider perspective of product-market fit.

Dr. Shah is also the CEO and Founder of Sentinel Healthcare. He is also a passionate traveler and photographer.

 

Notes on Audio Quality

My audio is not great this week. I think the batteries were too low in my recorder when we met onsite at Swedish. This mainly affected my side of the conversation. I spent some time tweaking it and pulling it out from the low-volume graveyard to get it to the point where it works, but you'll notice it seems a little thinner this week.

Relevant Links

 

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2018-08-14

Episode 075 -- Write Your Thoughts Down and Meet Magician Victoria Mavis


 

2-Minute Tip: Write it Down

 

In the run up to a talk, our minds can go all over the place. Thoughts come and go, and it can get pretty loud inside our heads. It becomes hard to focus on what we need to do and to be present like we ought to be to maximize our success.

 

One way to deal with this is to write down all those thoughts on a piece (or pieces) of paper. That gets them out of your head and your brain can let them go since you can deal with them later if you choose.

 

I find this helpful at other times, too, when I get overwhelmed with stress or my mind starts racing. Just write it all down and get on with the things you need to do.

 

Post Tip Discussion

 

Victoria Mavis profile picture

Victoria and I talked about this focus and the importance of being present for the audience and in conversation. We also talked about the power of speaking to an audience and the possibilities with podcasting today.

Victoria Mavis is worldwide one of only a few professional female magicians. She started doing magic at the age of 4 and had her first stage show at the age of 7. She has two academic degrees, a background in hypnosis, is a member of the magic circle in Germany as well as Rotary International. She also published her first book in 2017. While performing a lot of mental magic on stage she started getting closer to the real secrets of magic... tools that can improve our lives, bringing us closer to our dreams, break through blocks and even get in touch with quantum physics.

 

One thing stage magic and public speaking have in common is the importance of being present. A magician uses discipline, focus, and misdirection to create an experience that challenges an audience's perception of reality and tries to interrupt the patterns the live their life with. That requires tremendous effort and skill on the part of the magician. They can't just let their mind wander on stage.

 

As a speaker you need to be focused on your audience, delivering the message, and driving to your goal of what you want the audience to do.

 

Relevant Links

Victoria's Website

http://victoria-mavis.com

Victoria on Twitter

https://twitter.com/VictoriaMavis2

Pure Mind Magic Podcast

https://victoriamavis.podbean.com/

Pure Mind Magic on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/puremindmagicshow

Was, wenn alles möglich wäre? (Victoria's first book)

https://www.amazon.com/Was-wenn-alles-m%C3%B6glich-w%C3%A4re/dp/3832734635/ref=pd_ybh_a_1

How Podcasting Can Change Your Life: Unleash Endless Possibilities (Victoria's new book)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FNR5MYZ

Get Chapter 1 of the new book

http://goldmine-podcasting.com/

 

Call To Action

 

  • What do you think of the intersection between magic and public speaking? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Check out the Pure Mind Magic Podcast in your favorite podcast app.
  • Check out Victoria's new book and get chapter 1 here.
  • Write down your thoughts before your next talk.
  • Don't get best…get better.

 

 


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2018-08-07

Episode 074 -- Use a Checklist and Thoughts on Crowd Size


2-Minute Tip: Use a Checklist

Everyday, thousands of airline pilots around the world pull out the same task list them read hundred or thousands of times and it out loud to their colleague. Even though they have the whole thing memorized by now, they still refer back to that list to nearly guarantee they don't forget anything. The consequences of failure are huge. Forgetting one thing can cost hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in damage. So the use a check list.

 

The consequences for skipping a step in your talk are not nearly as serious. No one is going to die if we make a mistake. That doesn't mean we should skip check lists as speakers, though. Working from a checklist as we prepare a talk, pack our bag, and wrap-up an event can make a big difference in our effectiveness. We come across as more professional when we have those procedures in place, and we get to off load some of the cognitive load from our brains. We don't have to remember to not forget things because we can work from the list.

 

Sample check lists include: 


  • What to pack
    • Luggage
      • Day 1 Shirt
      • Day 2 shirt
      • Pants
      • Workout shoes
    • Presentation kit
      • Projector cable
      • Timer
      • Slide clicker
      • HDMI adapter
      • Tissues
      • Gaffers tape
  • Actions at event
    • Greet organizer
    • Greet AV Tech
    • Check room sight lines
    • Confirm projector works
    • Find rest room
  • Tear down
    • Shut off computer
    • Shut off projector
    • Pack extension cable
    • Pack notes
  • Follow up
    • Thank the organizer
    • Complete event report
    • Follow up on questions you said you would follow up on
    • Submit expense report

 

I'm sure you can come up with more things for theses check lists.

 

Post Tip Discussion: Thoughts on Crowd Size

 

The size of the crowd you are speaking to determines how you deliver your message. It impacts the content and activities that are part of you presentation. It even impacts what you wear to an event.

 

Some folks might say that the bigger a crowd gets, the harder it is to deliver a talk, but that's not necessarily true. There are different strategies to deploy in a large group versus a small one, and there are different results you can expect. Here are some thoughts of crowd size. Theses are ideas to get you thinking about what you'll do in your talk, but the are not strict absolutes -- merely a starting points that inform your prep work.

 

  • Small Crowd (under 15 people)
    • It's probably a meeting
    • A conversational approach works best
    • Interactivity is key
    • Time management can be harder since folks are more likely to pursue tangents and cross talk
    • Group dynamics play a big role
    • They might make a decision
  • Medium Crowd (15-50 people)
    • Likely a class or educational seminar
    • Small group activities are more practical
    • Speaker appears to be an authority figure
    • Sessions can run multiple hours
  • Large Crowd (51-100 people)
    • Presentation is more formal
    • Small group activities are less practical
    • Folks will help you control the room
    • Need to determine if you are addressing all of them or a subset of them
  • Auditorium (100+)
    • Beyond 100 people the crowd tends to blur together
    • Often lights block most of the crowd
    • Allow time for humor to work
    • Timing is critical
    • Clothes should accommodate a mic pack
    • Stage location may be important

 

The key with any talk is to get the information you need ahead of time so you can bring the right sized talk to the right sized crowd.

 

Call To Action

 

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2018-08-03

Episode 025 -- Meet Aphasia Researcher Reva Zimmerman


 

I met Reva back in October when I first joined the Young Adult Stroke Survivors group. She is a doctoral student at the University of Washington studying aphasia. She also coordinates the UW student volunteers who help make the YASS meetings function and ensure a pleasant experience for attendees, be they survivors, caregivers, or guest speakers.

We met up last week at the Wayward Coffee House on a bright summer day. I secured a good parking spot on the street. Reva trekked over on her bike and we found some comfy seats in the back. We geeked out about language and the work Reva does while surrounded by Firefly, Star Trek, and Star Wars stuff. This might be my new favorite coffee shop to record at.

Many stroke survivors live with aphasia and struggle to communicate. Speech Therapists, like Reva, help folks recover those language skills, but they also do so much more. They help with memory and cognition. They even help with fundamental human functions like swallowing and breathing. The field is incredibly complex and fascinating.

Did you ever wonder about the difference among aphasia, apraxia, and dyarthria? We cover it here.

Reva's Bio

Reva M Zimmerman

Reva Zimmerman headshot

Research Assistant, Doctoral Student

Education

University of British Columbia, MSc in Speech-Language Pathology

University of Washington, BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences

University of Washington, BA in Linguistics

 

Reva M. Zimmerman, MSc, CCC-SLP, is a PhD student and research associate on the Clinical TALSA study in the Aphasia Research Lab. She currently serves as a research associate on a multi-site study to create a clinical test of verbal short-term memory in aphasia (PI Nadine Martin, Ph.D., Temple University). She also recently completed work on a study exploring conflict resolution and short-term memory in aphasic comprehension (PI Malcolm McNeil, Ph.D., VA Pittsburgh). Reva also coordinates UW student volunteers for the Young Adult Stroke Survivor group. In her free time, she enjoys chasing her preschooler, dancing, and engaging in activities to uplift students of color at the UW.

 

Links from Episode 025

Reva M Zimmerman Email 1

aphasia@uw.edu

Reva M Zimmerman Email 2

robinrm@uw.edu

Reva's Profile

https://sphsc.washington.edu/content/reva-m-robinson

University of Washington Aphasia Research Lab

https://sphsc.washington.edu/research-labs/aphasia-research-lab/

Northwest Aphasia Registry and Repository

https://sphsc.washington.edu/research-projects/northwest-aphasia-registry-and-repository

Wayward Coffee House

http://www.waywardcoffee.com/

Strokecast Episode 7 -- Meet Gerrit Barrere

http://strokecast.com/2018/03/30/episode-007-meet-gerrit-barrere/

Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors Group

http://seattleyass.weebly.com

University of Washington Speech and Hearing Services on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/uwsphsc

University of Washington
Speech and Hearing Services Blog

http://blogs.uw.edu/sphscsvs/


Where do we go from here?

  • What did you think about our chat? Let us know in the comments below.
  • If you live with aphasia in the Pacific Northwest, or care for someone who does, check out the Northwest Aphasia Registry and Repository. If you live elsewhere, check with local Universities for research opportunities.
  • Share this episode with a friend, colleague or relative by giving the link http://strokecast.com/reva
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