Episode 640

Interview with JoAn Majors: Tough Talk on Soft-Skills for Dentists and Team Members

Host: Naren | Published Date: April 17, 2024 | Listening Time: 0:48:14

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Have you ever experienced a medical situation where communication made a world of difference? In this episode, we welcome JoAn Majors, a dental professional and author of the new book, “Permission to be Honest: Tough Talk on Soft Skills for Providers of Care and Their Teams.” JoAn shares her personal story of a life-altering medical event and how it highlighted the critical role of soft skills in healthcare.

We delve into the book’s key concepts, including the power of open-arms communication and the importance of leadership in patient care.  JoAn emphasizes that dentistry is changing, and soft skills are more crucial than ever.  Whether you’re a dentist, a team member, or simply interested in exceptional patient care, this episode is packed with valuable insights.

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    • 00:02:08 – Introduction of JoAn Majors and discussion about her recently published book, “Permission to be Honest: Tough Talk on Soft Skills for Providers of Care and Their Teams.”
    • 00:04:00 – JoAn Majors shares a personal story that inspired her to finish writing her book. 
    • 00:09:09 – Discussion on the importance of soft skills and communication in patient care, with a focus on the impact of open-arms communication. 
    • 00:23:53 – Reflection on the declining empathy and compassionate care in healthcare and the significance of relationship-driven practices. 
    • 00:31:10 – Reflection on the need for compassionate communication, contrasting with traditional disciplinary approaches. 
    • 00:34:46 – Introduction of a system called “When the Bell Rings” aimed at prioritizing patient needs over internal issues. 
    • 00:35:02 – Discussion on the importance of cultivating curiosity in patient interactions for better understanding and communication. 
    • 00:45:53 – Conclusion 


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