Professional Speaking for Healthcare Professionals
Communicate and connect effectively with patients and other health professionals
You are a highly educated healthcare professional tasked with connecting with patients and communicating information about their health in a way they understand. However, if you have a foreign accent or have reduced speech clarity for another reason, having to repeat yourself can be frustrating and time consuming.
Did you know, many people with foreign accents do not even realize they have an accent? While an accent is a part of your cultural and multilingual identity, major sound differences can make it difficult for patients to understand what you are saying. If people are constantly asking you to repeat yourself or you feel like people sometimes talk for you, you may benefit from speech services. Your patients could be misunderstanding essential information pertaining to their health and aftercare instructions, and you may have team members counting on your reports in interprofessional meetings.
If you think your accent or speech clarity is holding you back, or would just like to know more about how you can improve your communication, speech lessons can help. Book a free consultation today.
Here are some scenarios where speech therapy can help you.
- Interprofessional practice
- With patients
- Conferences / presentations
As a healthcare professional you may have frequent meetings with other professionals to discuss patients. It is important to communicate effectively so the patient receives appropriate recommendations based on accurate information from all professionals in their circle of care. Perhaps you work in telehealth services where communicating over the phone or video conferences has become increasingly important, but people you speak with often ask you to repeat yourself because of confusion over how you speak.
In online meetings, oftentimes sound quality is lacking compared to meeting in-person, and people are not able to gauge facial expressions and body language if your webcam is off. In these cases, clear communication is even more important. Maybe you work in a fast-paced environment where brief calls over an intercom or paging system is a part of daily routine, but you need a way to make yourself clear especially to compensate for poor audio quality in a busy environment.
Speech therapy can help reduce confusion over your conversations, which in turn keeps your teams coordinated and your clients filled in.
Connecting with patients and communicating information about their health in a way they understand is an essential part of your job. Having to repeat yourself can be time consuming as well as frustrating. Unclear speech has consequences. Your clients could be misunderstanding essential information pertaining to their health and aftercare instruction if they do not clarify misunderstandings. In healthcare settings, there can be a lot of technical and medical terms, not to mention medication and drug names. Some can be quite confusing due to similarities in pronunciation. Even simple instructions or explanations can be misheard, and can cause confusion and fear in patients. Reduce confusion and keep the focus on correct medicine names, scheduling, and medical advice.
Speech training can help you improve your ability to communicate with patients, so they'll have an easier time understanding important information.
Conferences and Presentations
Healthcare professionals sometimes are expected to attend, host, or even present at conferences. Regardless of whether it's an internal presentation among colleagues or something larger in scope, speech training can help you feel at ease presenting to a crowd. Perhaps you struggle with pronouncing certain syllables or words, and you worry the audience may not understand you or that you'll make a bad impression.
Speech training can help reduce confusion and misinterpretation when you speak, while helping you gain the confidence to speak to large audiences.