elf cosmetics uk

Archive for the 'Patient Safety' Category

Why Twitter Doesn’t Work

twitterhardhat.. at least not for you.

Because it works great for me.  And has helped me learn as much about patient empowerment issues in the past few months than ever I could have learned in any other way.

Wonder why you can’t gather more followers?  Wonder why people unfollow you?  Wonder why no one reacts to what you’ve posted?

The answer is actually quite simple, and if you give it a try, you’ll decide Twitter works for you, too.

Here’s the problem:  Many people think Twitter is like a bulletin board.  They think they are supposed to post information and everyone else will flock to see what they have to say.

But that’s not it. Even though the question at the top of Twitter is, “What are you doing?”  you are better off ignoring that and going with this approach instead:

Think of Twitter as an ongoing conversation that you are welcome to drop into or out of at any time.  Instead of using it as a billboard, use Twitter to engage with others — THAT’s the real value.

The skills that make Twitter work aren’t about posting. They are about listening, posing questions, asking advice, congratulating, being sympathetic, cracking jokes, being clever …. In effect, the same skills that make you a good friend, are the same skills that make Twitter an incredible resource for you. Sure, you can talk about yourself on occasion.  And you should! But mostly you want to be tapping into others’ knowledge, learning and sharing.

Think of it this way:  suppose you went to a party or a networking event, and the only thing people ever did was brag.  They never asked you about who you are or what you do, or why you are there.  They never offered you anything to eat or drink.  All they did was talk about themselves. Boring! Self-centered! Pompous! How much time would you want to spend with them?

Not much, of course.  So if all you are ever doing on Twitter is telling people what you are doing, if you aren’t engaging in a conversation with them, then you come across as that same boring and pompous person.

So go back to Twitter (or sign up to use it — here is some good advice for getting started with Twitter).  Begin responding to people.  Even if they aren’t following you, they’ll find your questions.  (You can find anything that’s been said to you, even if you don’t follow people, by searching for just your name — no @ sign or even # sign. Just type your twitter ID into the search box and you can see if someone has asked you a question or responded.)

Personally, it drives me crazy when people post but never engage.  I have stopped following many who only ever tell me what they are doing, but never seem to be interested in what others have to say.

The conversations can be interesting, or funny, or stimulating… friendly, or abrasive, or professional, or even life saving.  I’ve made new friends, I’ve gotten to know others from around the world, and I’ve gathered potentially life saving information for a woman who needed help for her son.  An incredible resource.

The bonus is, that the more people who you engage with, the more followers you will have.  So when you do have something worthwhile sharing, more people will see it.

So join the conversation!  If you follow me, then please say hi — I’ll find you and will respond, I promise, even if I don’t follow you back.

@TrishaTorrey

I look forward to meeting you on Twitter.

PS – once you begin truly engaging… and you really love it… and you can’t get enough of it… don’t fall victim to the opposite problem – Twittiarhhea!  Just like the people who talk TOO much at a party, you may be unfollowed because you post too often.  Balance is the key.

Want more tools and commentary for wise patients?
Sign up for Every Patient’s Advocate email tips
- – - – - – - – - – -
Join Trisha in the Patient Empowerment Forum at About.com
- – - – - – - – - – -
Or link here to empower yourself at EveryPatientsAdvocate.com

Swine Flu and Chicken Little – Too Much Hype?

After a week of hearing that the sky is falling because swine flu was going to take us all down, there’s a lot of second guessing about whether government(s) and the media have over-hyped the potential for a pandemic, and whether we have all over-reacted to the fear.

chickenlittle1I say – we have not overreacted – but I worry about Chicken Little.

The initial reports from Mexico indicated real potential for problems.  Governments, WHO and the media were in a d*mned if they do and d*mned if they don’t position:  Had they NOT reacted, then I guarantee you, the flu would have spread faster, further and more people would have died.  Then they would have taken the hit for not reacting appropriately– like George Bush deservedly did for Katrina — and we would all be left behind cleaning up behind the mess.

So I believe the reaction and the hype, and the reminders about the impact seasonal flu has on all of us, are warranted. I, for one, appreciate it.  Lives have been saved.  Awareness has been heightened.

That said…

I actually have more concern about the next time around. Whatever virus mutates, whether it be bird flu, swine flu, or hippopotamus flu — no matter which one it is — will we all be (pardon the pun) immune to the hype?  Will we ignore the governments and media who try to prepare us to keep us safe?  Will we go about our daily business tuning them out?  Will we turn a deaf ear because “remember swine flu?  no big deal!”

Chicken Little (who may be carrying bird flu, by the way) reminded us that the sky CAN fall when we don’t pay attention.  So the real point is that we need to be prepared with falling-sky contingency plans.  That’s what WHO does.  That’s what governments do.  That’s what media reports.

We just need to be sure we pay attention and take action, regardless of how hype-y it seems to be.

Want more tools and commentary for wise patients?
Sign up for Every Patient’s Advocate email tips
- – - – - – - – - – -
Join Trisha in the Patient Empowerment Forum at About.com
- – - – - – - – - – -
Or link here to empower yourself at EveryPatientsAdvocate.com

Swine Flu Myths – From Celebrities to Conspiracy Theories

Pigs fly

It didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists and the rumor mills to get going over swine flu, did it?

Let’s see:  do Madonna or Salma Hayak already have swine flu?

Or – is this possible pandemic really just bioterrorism?

These and more swine flu myths, separating fact from fiction and some fraud thrown in, too… check them out!

Want more tools and commentary for wise patients?
Sign up for Every Patient’s Advocate email tips
- – - – - – - – - – -
Join Trisha in the Patient Empowerment Forum at About.com
- – - – - – - – - – -
Or link here to empower yourself at EveryPatientsAdvocate.com

Swine Flu – But What About Bacon and Eggs?

pigs

NoteSwine Flu FAQs updated daily

PlusShould We Be Afraid of Swine Flu?
transparentspacer1

While the professionals provide us with statistics about Mexico, Texas, California or other places where patients have contracted swine flu, I actually find I have different questions all together:

  • I don’t live in Mexico. Am I at risk for getting swine flu?
  • Will my seasonal flu shot protect me?
  • I’ve never met a pig in person and don’t expect I’ll meet one anytime soon. Should I be worried about getting flu from a pig?
  • And what about my favorite Sunday breakfast – bacon and eggs?

So I went in search of the answers, believing that if I have those questions, you might too.  So I put them together in an article along with their answers: Swine Flu FAQs

And as for breakfast?  Very crispy please.

Want more tools and commentary for wise patients?
Sign up for Every Patient’s Advocate email tips
- – - – - – - – - – -
Join Trisha in the Patient Empowerment Forum at About.com
- – - – - – - – - – -
Or link here to empower yourself at EveryPatientsAdvocate.com